What’s in My Gym Bag?

Today I’m sharing a look at what I keep inside my gym bag. From the basics like headphones and a water bottle to my secret weapons like Compeed Blister Cushions and Snap Perfume – a portable, light-weight, compact size fragrance (perfect for freshening up after a workout).

Whether you’re hopping into a last minute fitness class or grabbing an impromptu meal with friends afterwards, being prepared is essential. For this reason, my gym bag doubles as a mini closet (I’m kidding! but am I…?), so whatever the occasion, I’m always prepared. Take a look at some of my must have gym bag items below.

BeoPlay H6 Headphones ($399.00) – I love to drown out any background noise or clutter when I’m on the treadmill and these headphones are perfect for just that. They have a forceful, authentic and clean sound with comfortable ear cushions.

FitBit Charge ($129.95) – Get the most out of your workout by wearing a fitness tracker. Not only will you track your activity, but you’ll know what time it is and if any incoming calls are coming your way.

Lululemon Headband ($14.00) – Keep your flyaways or bangs off your face with a comfortable workout headband. Perfect for people with shorter hair!

Snap Perfume ($14.99) – Running to meet friends after the gym? Keep this portable, light-weight fragrance on hand for freshening up on the go.

Compeed Blister Cushions ($7.99) – Are your sneakers or spin shoes rubbing you the wrong way? Never deal with painful, unwanted blisters again by keeping this hidden gem in your bag.

Asics Running Sneakers ($139.99) – I love the support Asics give me during a workout. Be sure to pick a sneaker that is sturdy and provides support.

Water Bottle – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

What do you keep in your gym bag?

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Make Something Egg-cellent for Your Loved One this Valentine’s Day

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Know the way to your loved one’s heart this Valentine’s Day – through their stomach. Nothing says I love you more than breakfast in bed. Follow the below step-by-step instructions to recreate this egg-cellent breakfast that will make hearts explode.


1. Lightly toast a piece of bread

2. Remove from the toaster, let cool, and cut a heart-shaped hole through the center with a sharp knife

3. Carefully remove the heart-shaped piece of bread from the middle without loosing the shape

4. Grease a skillet and lay the piece of toast in the center, letting the pan get hot

5. Carefully crack an egg without breaking the yolk into the center of the piece of bread

6. Cook on medium-low heat, covering occasionally to let the white of the egg cook through until done

7. Remove carefully with a spatula, plate, sprinkle chili flakes to taste and serve!

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Roundup: NYC’s Best Avocado Toast

Like many, I consider myself an avocado toast aficionado, traveling great lengths around Manhattan to hunt down the best of the best. Find a list of my top 5 favorites below, in no particular order. DISCLOSURE: Your stomach will be growling and mouth watering by the end of this post.

BlankSlateBlank Slate | Coffee + Kitchen: I was pleasantly surprised when this new cafe and marketplace opened up next to my apartment, with the Avocado Toast quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s garnished with chili honey, smoked salt and served on country bread with the option to be served gluten free. (121 Madison Avenue at 30th Street) LittleCollins Little Collins NYC: ‘The Smash’ from Australian eatery Little Collins is a dream with avocado and feta mash on toast with chili flakes and pepitas. I order mine to-go during lunch break with a fried egg on top. (667 Lexington Ave)MartaMarta:  One of my first times ordering avocado toast out was at Marta and it’s been a favorite ever since. Served on whole grain toast with chili flakes and olio verde. (29 East 29th Street)TheCoffeeShopThe Coffee Shop: I always order the “Avocado Smash” when I go to The Coffee Shop in Union Square. It’s served on toasted multigrain bread (although I always opt for gluten free toast) with goat cheese & tomato-basil concasse. I add the poached egg for an extra dollar. (29 Union Square)
EggShopEgg Shop:  The ‘Avo & Egg’ from the Egg Shop is delicious with heirloom tomato and sea salt garnishes. All sandwiches are available on gluten free English muffins. (151 Elizabeth Street)

Hope you enjoyed!

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Calories for a Cause

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I absolutely love Cyc Fitness and any opportunity to give back, so I was thrilled when Cyc asked me to participate in Calories for a Cause, an exciting program with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. For every ride I take starting January through the end of February, Cyc will be donating $1 to CAF on my behalf!

For those of you who don’t know, CAF supports those with physical challenges, so they too can be athletes. Follow my journey via my social handles (@publyssity) on Twitter & Instagram throughout the month to see how I’m helping support this charitable initiative.

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What do you ride for?

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Valentines for All Stages of Your Relationship

As Valentine’s Day nears (dun dun dun….), the stress of what to get a significant other definitely weighs on the heart. The solve? A card. Thoughtful, sweet and not too much. However, let’s be real, most drug stores only carry sappy and over-the-top options. Below, find Valentines for all stages of your relationship, from a fling to a “I don’t know where we stand” to a soulmate.

CaptureWhen your parents like your significant other more than you (via shopbetches.com)

CaptureWhen you like them so much that you literally can’t play it cool any longer
(via bando.com)

21When you’re on the same page and have one thing on the brain (via SiouxAlice)

bffWhen you’re single AF and need to remind your BFF who’s #1 in your life
(via bando.com)

alwaysWhen you know it’s the real deal (via riflepaperco.com)

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