January's Best of the Best


Back in October, I did a monthly favorites post that I dubbed "Best of the Best". If your life is anything like mine right now, it's in the extra stressful lane, so I hope that these posts bring some chance of an escape into your daily life. Like always, everything on this list has been tried and true by yours truly or is part of my day-to-day life. 100% Sloane Certifed Guaranteed. 

Through My Eyes

Distance Between Dreams- In an alternate world, I would be a pro-surfer. I have always had a slight obsession with surf culture, pro-surfers, and the sport in general. Distance Between Dreams is a documentary about pro-surfer, Ian Walsh, and his journey and dedication the sport. Ian is a primarily big wave surfer (meaning those insane 50 footers), so the film follows him, his family, and friends during the El Niño season in 2015. Not only is the story inspiring, but the surfing and Hawaii scenery makes for stellar cinematography. The documentary is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Vimeo. 

Sherlock Season 4- I have been a HUGE Sherlock fan since season 1 came out way back when. I normally don't want live TV at all, but Sherlock is the only exception. I promise I won't give any spoilers away (there is a lot), but while this season was different, it still lived up to the original and well-known hype of the show. Crossing my fingers for a Season 5.... but we all know that won't come for a few years. 

In The Ears

The Soundtrack IV- Introducing the latest installment in my Soundtrack Series. It's the first of 2017 and filled with quite a wide range of jams. 
There is a fair amount of slower singer-songwriter tunes a la Damien Rice and Ed Sheeran, some of some classic 90s "lite" rock, a few house remixes, and of course a bit of La La Land in there.

Messy Heads Podcast- Emma Mercury's digital community- website, social channels, magazine, etc. - has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for me in the past year, so I was psyched when she announced she was creating a podcast. Two episodes are already out- one about heartbreak and one discussing the concept of perfection. Listen in the car, in bed, in the bath, or whenever you are in the need of self-reflection and a break from the mainstream media frenzy. Via Soundcloud

In My Wardrobe

Socks & Vans- Maybe this latest sartorial decision has stemmed from my surf obsession, but in lieu of ankle boots, I have been sporting vans with visible socks. Normally in the middle of winter, I am wearing fleece-lined boots and the thickest socks I own, so the lighter footwear is a welcomed change of pace. With a nod to the laidback West Coast, it adds an interesting, but chill, element to my daily wardrobe. Try it with jeans and a cable knit sweater or turtleneck. 

Pop & Suki camera bag- For Christmas, my brother gave me this personalized crossbody bag. For someone who carries very little (card case, phone, headphones, sunglasses, and car keys), this tiny and charming bag is the best accessory. I'm also a sucker for anything personalized or monogrammed, hence it is a big W for me all-around. 

Cropped jeans- Another nod to surf culture meets Scandivan street style, cropped jeans are slightly quirky and odd looking, but I'm wholeheartedly obsessed. I have been eyeing this Madewell pair, but in the meantime, a vintage pair gets the job done. 

At The Gym

Jump rope & Tabata- I like to mix up my workouts depending on my current goal. Ever since going to Dogpound back in December, I have been incorporating jump roping into my daily workouts. To be honest, I used to be very bad at jump roping, to the point where it slightly embarrassing. But, over the course of two months, I'm proud to say I have greatly improved on my skills. For those who hate slaving away hours on the treadmill or any other cardio machine, try jump roping. In pair with jump roping, I have been using a Tabata timer for my workouts. Tabata is essentially just a form of a HIIT workout, so it is ideal for those looking to both gain muscle and lose body fat. I mix up what moves I do each day, but I tend to follow a loose formula of 1-1.5 minute(s) of jump roping, then 1-1.5 minute(s)a strength/resistance training move, and then 1-1.5 minute(s) of burpees/jump squats/etc. I'll do 3-5 sets of each move, 3-4 times depending on how much time I have. Trust me, you'll get your sweat on and have fun whilst doing so. 

In The Media & Following

Cartia Mallan- I have been following Cartia for awhile on Instagram and YouTube, but since her move to Sydney, Cartia's content has been on fire. She has a genuine and radiant personality that is conveyed through a screen and is incredibly passionate about everything she does. Plus her music taste and style sense is killer. 

Chronicles of Her- Fashion blogger Carmen Hamilton, rebranded her digital platform and created a unique and edgy website talking about style, beauty, and lifestyle. It's humorous, cool, and chic. 

Other & Other

Reading & bathing- Time is fleeting, but personal hygiene and enjoyment reading are mucho important. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more. I have accumulated a teetering stack of books, so I think it is about time to make a dent. A relaxing, hot bath is the perfect time to do just that.  I just finished The Girls by Emma Cline, and I am currently reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. Next up, I have Gloria Steinem's memoir, My Life on the Road, and the classic Truman Capote novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's. 



Festive Footnotes ✮ Lilli Van Hall

we have three more installments of f-squared to go, so we are really in crunch time as christmas rolls around. for the beginning of the end, we have Miss Lilli VanHall today. Lilli is a ModelFit instructor, writes a blog called HappyGoLilli, and is stunning  inside and out. I met Lilli over the summer when I developed a true, but healthy, addiction to her ModelFit class on Thursdays at 6.30. Ever since then, I've been following Lilli over social media and she radiates happiness through each and every post (which is hard to do these days), plus gives plenty of #hashtag athleisure inspo. 

be sure to follow Lilli here and check out the past Festive Footnotes. 

Name: Lilli Van Hall // @lillivanhall

Location: New York City / Los Angeles 

Dream Gift: quality time with the people I love

Best Unconventional Gift: Moon Juice in New York

Gift list: I'm not overly into Gifts, I prefer time spent with my family & showing my gratitude to having everyone healthy. 

Favorite holiday song: favorite things from sound of music 

Favorite holiday movie: Home Alone 

Favorite holiday tradition: Cooking with my mother & learning about how family history 

Favorite memory: I always love dinner at my grandparents place in Rye, NY

Festive attire: grey cashmere sweater 

Drink of Choice: water ! 

Activity of choice: I love the outdoors, so a nice hike ! 

White or Sandy Christmas: either! Usually white 

Down 4 Dogpound

If you follow me on the 'gram, then you are very aware of where I am at 11 am on Sundays. Looking at the huge logo in the photos about, I would say it's blatantly obivous. Ah, yes, Dogpound. I have spent my weekends trekking- not really trekking, but I love a good hyperbole- into the city to punch it out. When Monday morning rolls around, I am sore as hell. Does it hurt? Yes. But is it worth it? Oh yeah.

I cannot recommend Dogpound (or boxing in general) enough. You'll finish your workout sweaty, tired, but feeling pretty badass. After my first time at Dogpound, I was instantly addicted to the overwhelming positive enegery in the gym. If you didn't know any better, you'd think that a gym that trains models, olympic athletes, and some of the fittest people I've seen, might feel quite intimidating. Trust me- I always practice what I preach- the second you walk in the door that will all change.

Work it Out | II

Wearing: Nike top, shorts, and sneakers 

A little fitness inspiration for this weekend. 

Earlier this week, I went to the workout class, ((305)) Fitness. It's a HIIT workout-meets-Miami dance party that kills your muscles, yet is loads of fun. Trust me, my legs are so sore, but I can't wait to return to the blood pumping atmosphere of blaring music and flashing lights. They have two locations: NYC & D.C.... hit one of them for a killer workout.

Oh, and wear neon. Loads of it. 

Work it Out

Wearing: Sweaty Betty topThe Reformation sweatshirtNike leggingsNike sneakers (under $100)

I've you been following me on the Insta-land or its chatty cousin, Twitter,you've seen that I've stepped up my fitness game. To spread my knowledge when it comes to workin' that body, why not head to the age old Interweb? 

I tend to workout 5-6 times a week for an 1-1 1/2 hour (riveting, right?). To be honest, my new found "gym-bunniesness" lifestyle is only a little over a month old, but I've fallen hard. Plus, Laser Midwinters regatta- the reason I'm down South at the moment- is a big enough reason to get my sorry ass into shape. Three times per week, I focus on cardio- my preference, you may be wondering? I run intervals on the treadmill for 20 mins, then row 2000-5000 meters on the rowing machine. Following that, I either do the stairmaster for 20 mins or an ab workout. The other days? I use the Nike Training app (hashtag there's an app for that). or the Kayla Itsines workout plan, which oh boy, my wobbly walking the day after is proof that those workouts, for the matter of the fact, work. 

As my self proclaimed title of gym rat/gym bunny/fitness aficionado/you get my point, looking the part is another half of it. Oh c'mon, don't deny the fact that those old t-shirts and worn in shorts don't exactly motivate you to run a mile a minute. Plus, with athletic gear ranging from Net-A-Porter to the originals like Nike (these are my favorite sneaks). Lululemon, and Adidas, workout apparelis a crucial part of one's wardrobe now a days. 

Quoting my new home away from home (Equinox gym), it's not fitness, it's life.



Photos by

Alexandra Gibbs

| shot a few weeks ago, hence the lack of snow.