Q: What kind of bag do you use for school?
I have been loving these backpacks from State bags. I have a mini one and a larger one, for when I need to carry more stuff. You can shop them below! x
Q: Hey girl! Just wanted to ask what kind of sneaker does Nik wears. I am planning on buying a sneaker for my boyfriend but I really don't know what to get him. Got any recommendations?
Q: Thoughts on Sakara? Can you give me a brief review about it?
Hi! So i have mixed feelings: I prefer making my own food, and have always been weird about prepped meal plans -- but people love it! I am actually about to try it again, so I think I might be able to do a more thorough review once I give it another shot? I promise to post my thoughts! x
Q: Jw, why do you not weigh yourself?
I had a really bad relationship with weight/scale a few years ago and since, decided that it personally is not the most healthy way to gauge how I feel about myself. People have placed this really bad stigma on the idea that the less you weigh, the more "fit" or "skinny" you are, and this is just not true at all. I like to approach being fit now by how I feel mentally and physically -- not by what a number on a scale tells me -- but this is just a personal preference! :)
Q: I'm running a 1/2 marathon (yay!) & i need to find a sports bra that's comfy/light but also supportive enough to get me through! any recommendations?
Amazing - congrats, how exciting!!! And yes, this is my absolute favorite bra for running long distances. I ran the marathon in it last year and it is amazing because of the cut. Definitely recommend, but happy to link other options if you're not feeling this one!
Q: How do I keep the freshman 15 off?
I don't think there's one way to do this/one method that works for everyone. I will say that one thing that I wish I would have done differently my Freshman year of college was establish a routine early on. I should have been more firm about waking up and getting my workout in before having a full day, going to sleep at a reasonable hour, and not late night snacking!! I think these are the things that will get you!! Also, maybe check out my "Feel Good Plan" as a good guideline? For some people, it really helps!! I hope this was helpful! :)
Q: Hi Jamie! I LOVE your travel pictures and was wondering if you and your family make travel itineraries before your trips? It looks like you really know how to maximize your time!!
Hi!! Thank you!! We don't ever really have itineraries but definitely plan where we go to eat, etc. beforehand. We also tend to travel to places a lot that we have been to before so this always helps to edit down where we want to go.
Q: What are your favorite date ideas in nyc?
Hmmm...I have lots of ideas on this one :)
You could do the classic drinks & dinner at a cool place that you sought after / Go to dinner and then go and see some live jazz music (I love doing this!!) / Bowling (sounds weird, i know, but actually so much fun) / Go to Metrograph (this awesome movie theater downtown that serves drinks and does cool screenings)
Q: Random question, but where is the best place in soho-Tribeca for a manicure? Nothing overly fancy but clean, has an array of colors in gel/ regular polish and the people are friendly?
Where do you go?
I don't venture downtown to get my nails done much, but I really like Spa Belles on the edge of West Village. It's super clean & they do a great job!
Q: Hi Jamie!!!!! May I ask where you bought your outfit that you wore to Yin 2 my Yang dinner from???
Hi! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! The jeans are from FRAME (you can find them here) and the top is a vintage Nina Ricci piece that my mom gave me. The shoes are from this tiny store in NYC called Diane B.
Q: Yes to a running plan!!! It would be awesome if you could do one for beginners. And maybe if you could make on for a treadmill and outside- that’d be super amazing!!! I’m so glad you’ve been posting more on the blog lately. :)
That's a great idea, to do one that has a plan for everyone-whether indoor or outdoors! Love this suggestion thank you!! So much more content coming, thank you for reading!! xx
Q: I really want to lose 5 pounds (in a healthy way of course) but I don’t know where to start and what to do. Can you help me please it’d mean the world. Love your blog and the whole message behind it. I’ve been following it for years and it’s always been a reminder to try to be confident when the going gets hard.
Hi! Thank you for the kind words <3 I really don't like putting markers on weight because it can easily get out of hand, especially in the world we live in today. With that being said, I ALWAYS suggest running to people who are trying to get in shape fast and see results almost immediately. Of course, you need to couple this with the "right" type of eating (hint hint: my "Feel Good Plan") and I think you will be really happy with how you feel! I'm not sure if you're a runner or not, but try and make it a goal to get out there and run 4-5 days a week. Happy to help more if needed! Maybe I should make a running plan for you guys?
Q: How long have you and nick been together ? I feel like it’s been forever !! How do you do it?!?
We've been together for almost three years which is crazy!! Having a serious relationship when you're young is super hard but it's also amazing!! Of course we've had our ups and downs that haven't been easy but I feel every relationship has that. I think when you both want your relationship to work you put in a constant effort to communicate & have fun with each other :)
Q: How did you lose so much weight? You look amazing!
Ah! Thank you so much, really means a lot.
Honestly, I think over the years I have learned so much about what my body really needs in order for me to feel my best self-and that's ultimately a balance between exercise and eating-well. It has taken me so long to figure out how to not be extreme (with food and/or exercise) and while I never think that I will resolve this, I feel as if I have made so much progress and am really happy with where I am. I think what has made the biggest difference is that I have shifted my focus (when it comes to exercising and eating well) from "I need lose some weight" to "I want to feel good mentally and physically." Right now, I am really focused on trying to be as in-tune with my body as I can be, and restricting and/or doing things to the extreme is often not the solution. Filling my body with as many "real" foods as possible is also key. I never feel good when I eat a bunch of processed stuff. At the same time, exercise is so important for mind & body!
Q: Hey girl! I love your content and how you try to balance college and everything else in life! It definitely is tough! I'm a college student as well, and I was thinking of applying to transfer to Columbia Fall 2019 and I was curious what tips you'd have regarding application. Also how has your experience been so far regarding workload, classes, extracurriculars and social life/scene? And what the vibes and feels are like compared to other schools. That would be so appreciated!! keep doing you xx
Hi! Thank you so much, this was such a sweet message to get :)
I will be honest, I had a bit of a rough start as my first year at Columbia I was on the XC/T&F team and learned a lot about myself while adjusting to a new environment. I am so happy that I went to Columbia, in the end, as I love being in New York and it really is an incredible place, but will not lie that it is competitive academically. However, I love it because I can escape from the rest of the city while also being able to work, meet people from other schools/from work, etc. and not feel like I am restricted in the things that I want to do outside of class time. I can't speak to how it compares to other schools, but I wouldn't say that it's the place for someone looking for a normal campus-centric college experience. Hope this helps! xx
Q: Do you prefer to run on the treadmill or outside? What do you recommend for someone just starting to run? (I’ve heard running on the pavement is bad for your legs?)
Running outside 100%. If you have access to places where you can train on softer surfaces (i.e. track, trails, etc.) it is better because, long term, it will help to prevent injury. However, pavement is not bad -- and a lot of times you will be running on pavement. Just be sure to warm up and stretch properly before/after your run :)
Q: I’ve just started running and I really enjoy it but I’m not very good at it. I spend a lot of time stopping and walking. I was wondering if you have any tips for beginning runners? I don’t want to run competivley but I want to be able to run consistently for longer periods of time.
My biggest tip for beginner runners is to start by tracking time. For example, start with 10-15 minutes and run that amount of time straight. Then walk for the same amount of time. Do this same amount of time for a couple of days (or even a week if you want to start slow). For the days that follow, gradually build up your time by 5-10 minute increments (depending on how you're feeling). I think this is the best way to start because the better you get, the longer distance you will run in a given time. So focus on the amount of time you are running at the start. Hope this helps!
Q: hi jamie, would you mind giving me the recipe of the matcha latte you had on your old blog or something similar? i made it while back and LOVED it but didn't save the recipe :( would be much appreciated hahah
Hi! So what happened when I switched my site over was that I ended up losing a lot of content that was unsaved (still so sad about this). Luckily, I do have that recipe so will get it back up on here for you! It's a good one :)