Two Basics – Multiple Wears

I got a ton of gift cards for Christmas, and one of them was for H&M (love!!!).  My purchases – a basic white shirt and a pair of jogger style pants (loving jogger style pants; also have a pair in leather from Forever21 (available here).  Didn’t realize what a great set of purchases this was going to be until I started accessorizing the looks.  I have been able to wear the two basic items multiple ways by simply changing up the shoes, the jackets, the jewelry and the bags (cross body, clutch and even the Birkin) transitioning the look from casual to day (even work) to date night!  So pleased with this very versatile basics.

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Outfit details – H&M jogger pants available here; long sleeved white shirt available here;  for a casual look I wore my new fav high top Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneakers available here; for date night I wore the Gianvitto Rossi booties featured here; for work I wore pumps similar to these H&M leather pumps in nude available here.




Change up the look with a faux fur jacket (featured here) or a biker jacket (featured here).

Would love to hear how you mix up your basics.  Feel free to post pictures on Instagram using #Spruceandsage


Class Pass your Workouts

Keeping with the theme of getting active, have you joined Classpass? Classpass is the key to diversifying your workouts by enabling you to take classes at a multitude of workout studios for ONE monthly free – no contract, no lock in periods and easy cancellation (if you decide the selection doesn’t work for you).

Classpass allows me to take yoga at a studio I like, Pilates at another, spin class at a few more and TRX too…oh, and I might just fit in a dance class this month. It’s a big saving if you work out regularly and don’t want to be tied to just one method, studio, instructor or location!

The list of cities where Classpass is available is growing constantly…so always check their website. Information is available here.

Some cities may have a waiting list- worry not, just follow the online instructions and Classpass will email you as soon as a spot is available.

What a great way to mix up your workouts and keep your body guessing.


Working it Out in NYC – by guest blogger Gia-Rayne

Like most other people I tried to do the exercising as the new year resolution thing. You know each year you tell yourself “this year is my year to be fit and healthy… maybe I will even join the gym” or something along those lines. Well… for the last five years that has been my mantra and for the last five years after two weeks I go right back to my old habits. Well this year I decided I wanted to beat the trend and start getting healthy in 2014. A dance instructor friend of mine told me about this amazing deal their studio was doing on Groupon and that’s when I found an unbeatable deal of 4 classes for just $29 to a place called M Dance and Fitness. I took Hip-Hop for Beginners, Hip-Hop Dance Cardio, and my favorite… Buns and Burlesque (twice). Each class was challenging, engaging, but most of all fun!

This studio, its owner, and all of the fun trainers encourage the students to get out of their comfort zone, dance like nobody’s watching, and have fun! I can honestly say each classroom I went into was an energetic, blood pumping, judgement free zone. I left each class with sweat dripping and a smile from ear to ear. When my pass ended I knew I could not let my time with M Dance end but I still didn’t know which classes to take or which pass to buy. Just after the new year the studio offered a 2 HOUR sample class where all of the instructors gave us samples of their classes back to back. I did not think I was going to be able to do the whole class when I heard it was 2 hours but they just flew right by. They showed us everything from Kickboxing and Zumba, to more studio centered classes like ABSolute Hip-Hop (a core focused class set to hip-hop mashups) and Be Ballet Buff (class focused on using ballet to tone and sculpt the body). I was drenched in sweat by the two hours but also torn on making a decision. The awesome owner Misty suggested that I buy the unlimited month long January pass so that I could keep trying it all. However since it started at the beginning of January I chose not so since I would not be able to use the whole month. I will be going back to their studio however and I highly recommend that you do it soon as well!

Click here for the link. Check them out. Also their Groupon is still available so try it out if you still live in NYC!

Spinning + Water = Acquacycling!

You better believe it! Yes, a spin class in the pool. Acquacycling has been the buzz in NYC for sometime now and definitely on my list of things to do on my next trip to NYC. I am hoping that my sister-in-law, Rah will join me (following her life changing experience of Soul Cycle a few years ago!).

Back to Acquacycling – here’s the concept: the work out uses the pressure and resistance of the water to make the class a challenging and energizing workout.

AQUA is the First and Only Cycling Studio offering classes in a pool. You can find more information here.






Would you put a spin in your workout and try Aquacycling? Have you tried Acquacycling? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Let’s get moving (or swimming, shall I say? Lol). And to the New Yorkers, look out for a great post by guest blogger Gia-Rayne.

Time to Cleanse

I am not one for New Years resolutions or making big promises to myself.  However, one thing I do at the start of the year and every 3 or 4 months thereafter, is a cleanse, which helps revive the body.  Sometimes a cleanse simply involves a few days of fasting to give the digestive system a well deserved break.

I have found that the new year is a good time to start the series of cleanses I do during the year.  Having over indulged in the month of December, January is a great motivating month for getting back to my normal.

This year I am going to try the 7 day 310 Cleanse by 310 Nutrition, (available here) coupled with the 310 shakes as a meal supplement for breakfast and dinner.  I picked this cleanse because it doesn’t require a Gwyneth Paltrow type of budget nor does it require a complete revamp of your lifestyle.  However the one thing it does require is that you cut out refined sugar (and sugar alternatives such as Splenda)
Also, no processed food, no junk food, no soda – but you can have lots of water and lots of veggies!

Before starting any cleanse you should first consult with your doctor.

Have a fabulous fulfilled 2015.




Comme des Garcons

Guys, Lads, Gentlemen – this post is for you!  Brighten up your daily routine by adding a colorful zip around walled by  Comme des Garçons; not ready for a bright color – no worries, more subdued colors are also available in the zip around collection.

Crafted in Spain, the functional design includes slots for credit cards and bills as well as a coin compartment – all secured by an outer zip.

Prices start at $180 – the Comme des Garçons wallets are available globally on Mr Porter.

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