Embracing womanhood, it’s a beautiful thing. Continue reading
Not a face lift for my actual face but a face lift for my website.
I’ve spent this past 4 years exploring my creativity one blog post at a time. After some trial and error, I am at a point where I feel confident with my style choices and photography, and wanted the look and feel of Ingalicious.com to reflect that.
Thank you, Jason for all of your support and the hard work you’ve put into making Ingalicious.com something I am very proud of. You are the best. xo
My beautiful, bright and extremely extroverted friend, Erica threw herself a birthday party that I will remember for a long time. It was an outrageously awesome 90′s Throwback themed party. She rented a space upstairs at the Legionnaire in downtown Oakland, which included a private bar, colorful lights, a decent sound system, private bathrooms and plenty of room to dance! Continue reading
In the US, spring season is regarded as beginning on the day after President’s Day. I regard the beginning of spring by the first day it is warm enough to wear a cute pair of sandals. And that is a happy day. Spring time in the bay area is never quite warm enough without a jacket or cardigan but nonetheless it is still freeing to put on a pair of sandals.
I can’t think of a better way to say, “let’s snuggle”, than with the world’s softest blanket. I love this Betabrand photo my boyfriend, Jason, took of us wrapped in the Vagisoft Blanket. We were away on yet another epic mountain bike adventure in Tahoe, California. Couples that play together, stay together.
Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day with your loved one!
I remember the first time I saw a group of women in the LUNA jerseys riding mountain bikes, I couldn’t have been older than 20, I had pulled over on the trail to let them pass and just stared in awe. They looked confident and skilled, and were very friendly. And I had thought it would be neat to be a part of their team. Sadly, I didn’t have much confidence or skill at that time and thought I would probably never be able to ride my mountain bike so well much less be part of a team. Fast forward a decade, with more solo and group rides than I can count, over a handful of clinics and private lessons, and lots of big smiles and fun adventures along the way – and I am officially a team member of the Bay Area LUNA Chix Mountain Bike Team.
The LUNA Chix program brings together women interested in learning new sports, staying active and inspiring others to do the same. They organize and lead women only group rides (for all levels), clinics and fundraise for the Breast Cancer Fund. This is truly something I am proud to be a part of – click here to learn more.
This has been a challenging year for me. I spent the winter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 training and riding almost 200+ miles a week on my mountain bike. 2012 was going to be the year I started racing competitively— I even signed up and paid for a couple of races in advance. Well, all of that was abruptly put on hold when we were rear ended and suffered severe whiplash during a 6 car pile up on Hwy 17. Several long months later, and I am just now starting to feel my mojo and getting back out there as much my body permits.
One of my favorite things to do now that I am feeling a bit better, is going on group rides. I get to ride bikes at whatever intensity level I am able to handle that day and socialize – sounds like a win-win to me. I especially love the rides put on by my local mountain bike club – the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay. Besides occasionally leading the Intermediate+ Ride Like a Girl ride, I also enjoy attending the monthly Gala Ride. It gives me an opportunity to ride areas I may not normally seek out myself. It is also a great networking opportunity and constantly introduces me to new people to ride bikes with.
It’s hard to believe another birthday has passed. I use to think getting older was a curse – societies stigma on women over the age of 30 isn’t always perceived positively (apparently we don’t age like a fine wine). However, I feel even more sexy, confident, and wiser in my 30′s than I ever did in my 20′s. As long as you treat yourself with love and always look for ways to grow, everything else falls nicely into place. It’s an exciting time!
I feel blessed to have a wonderful, patient partner and best friend, close female friends I can rely on and a whole world out there I am continuing to explore (on bicycle).
Here’s to another year!