Things We Love: First Taste of Fall

Do you have one of those friends who alwayScreen Shot 2017-09-13 at 10.33.13 AMs recommends the greatest new thing? We do and her name is Leslie. We want to share some of her favorites with you! Each month we will share with you her favorite items of the moment.

Leslie Haverstock is a special education teacher by day and a lover of all things running, fitness and fashion… all the time.  She has a super rad husband and the world’s greatest dog.  Leslie’s blog, Laps Lunges Leather, explores all these loves with a bit of humor, some tears, and fantastic tips and tidbits.

It’s not a secret, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, but Fall is my very, very favorite season.  Maybe it’s because my birthday month is in the Fall, maybe it’s the change of the weather that makes boots and sweaters come out of the closet, maybe it’s ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE, maybe it’s the slower pace after the hustle and bustle of summer fun, and maybe it’s simply because I was born in the Midwest and Fall is just incredibly beautiful there.  Now that I’m living in California the seasons don’t change as much, but the calendar says it’s Fall so it’s time for all of the Fall Favorites. 

As the season change, it’s time to share some Fall Favorites of mine.  Honestly, this list could go on and on and on, but since the SIB team said I could be a regular on their blog, I was able to narrow my favorites down to two things… actually four because if you follow my blog at you would find that there are some big loves in my life which includes all things lifestyle and all things running (and some cross training since all runners need some fine tuning to keep us doing what we love).

In the category of LIFESTYLE you know that I can’t escape adding something pumpkin into the mix.  I always find myself in a rush and know the importance of a good breakfast or replenishing my body after a run.  With that being said, let me introduce you to the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.  Yep… it tastes like the real deal and it is simple and quick. Picture1

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choosing)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder**
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 T almond butter (you can leave this out, but it adds some good fat)**

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and drink up!  **If you don’t have vanilla protein powder, use ½ t vanilla extract.  **If your almond butter is unsweetened and you would like the shake a bit sweeter, add a splash of maple syrup, coconut sugar or Stevia (or whatever little packet you like).



The other sign that Fall has arrived would be Opi’s Black Cherry Chutney nail polish.  For real, this has been a staple in my life, and the life of many friends F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  I’ve had manicures from so many different salons and it’s a pretty sure bet that they have the color in stock.  It’s kind of hard to describe, but it’s a bit purple, a bit of shimmer, a bit of black red… I know that’s hard to imagine so check out the pictures.  Try it for your next manicure (comes in gel and regular polish)!


Now that we have you eating well and looking fine, it’s time to chat about my favorite RUN goodies this month.  I know that I just shared how much I love Fall, but there is one little thing that I’m not a fan.  What could I not love about Fall? The DARK!  With the days getting shorter, morning runs have brought out the headlamps, but Oiselle just upped their game with new reflective gear.  I seriously can’t get enough.  There are two items that are must haves in my closet.  Check out these beauties…

KC Knickers

These beauties come in a gorgeous blue and black. Not only is the new reflective print a winner, I like that there is a bit of compression and a bit of a higher waist.  The higher waist with the pocket plus compression makes stored items feel secure. 

Roga Shorts

If knickers aren’t your thing or your climate is warmer, check out the Roga Shorts.  They come in 3 different lengths with the Mac being the shortest and the Long, obviously being the long ones.  The ones shown are right in the middle.  The one thing I will warn about the Rogas is that the pockets aren’t in the greatest of places.  If you don’t carry much on a run, then these are the perfect shorts.  They are a top seller for a reason!

DISCOUNT ALERT… Using the code FIRSTFLIGHT will save you 10% on your Oiselle order.  You have to sign up for an account (don’t worry… they actually send emails you will want to read) and to use the discount you will need to be signed into the account.  Sorry… discount only applies to new accounts. 

And now… my final favorite thing for this month would be sunscreen.  Picture7Just because there is less sun in a day doesn’t mean our skin can go without coverage.  Running with sunscreen can be a real bummer when it runs into your eyes or makes you look like a ghost.  The one that has been my summer staple and will roll right into Fall would be Coola’s Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber.  This stuff goes on light, doesn’t smell like a chemical sh*t storm (Did you see cucumber in the name?  Yeah… it’s smells so fresh), leaves your skin feeling soft and a bit dewy and… it’s 70% organic.  At $32 a bottle it’s okay to be a bit shaken, but I promise… a little goes a long, long way.

Honestly, I could pull out a hundred other favorite Fall Favorites, but we would be here all day.  So we’ll leave it here with Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, OPI nail polish, Oiselle’s reflective clothing, and Coola’s sunscreen.  Okay, okay… I’ll add one more… ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE!  What are your Fall Favorites?


Want more from Leslie? (Who wouldn’t?!)

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Blog: Laps, Lunges, and Leather

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