This or That: Flywheel vs. Soulcycle

Not since East Coast versus West Coast has there been such a debate, Flywheel or SoulCyle.

I used to be a spin instructor, so I’m super picky when it comes to where I take spin classes. Like no joke I lose patience really quickly when its a wordless, 4% incline, super basic type of spin class. Yes, I know all the spin instructors out there are probably yelling about contraindication spin…blah blah I know, and sorry not sorry, I don’t like those classes.

For every person in my class at CBS, I’m finally ready to answer what the difference is…from a philosophy stand point. Because rather than get in to price comparison, locations, instructors, and all that jazz, I figured I’d tell you about what makes the style different.

Soul is an interesting beast.  It is truly a cult that when you agree to drink the kool-aid, you are all in my friend. Its about the pack, the collective motivation of the group.  Your position in the room matters in relationship to the pack. I personally like to lead the pack from the front row. Its the kind of experience where you go, turn off your brain, and surrender to the energy of the room and the instructor.

Flywheel, on the other hand, is where I go when I want to plug in and compete against myself.  Flywheel isn’t about the pack, the music, the rhythm, or anyone else, it’s about you. Honestly, Fly is where I go when I want a slightly selfish experience, when I want to just focus on my ride. Your position in the room doesn’t matter, but if you are super competitive like me you take a spot and laser focus on the torq board (the leaderboard that runs during class showing you your position among the room). I have to forget trying to ride the beat of ever song, forget about catching the same cadence as my neighbor, its about how hard I push myself.

Both have their ups and downs, and I’ve ridden both. I have moments where I love spin and when I abhor it, but when I’m in the mood to spin I go for Soul or Fly. I honestly prefer Soul more because I worked so hard to get to the front of the pack, and I love any place that allows me to twerk on a spin bike. Thanks to some persistent classmates here at Columbia, I’ve started riding Flywheel. The extremely competitive person in me loves that I can see how I fair, and that I have actual stats to try and best for the next ride.

If you are ever walking around Manhattan and see a girl changing from a Soul top into a Fly one with a high bun, it’s probably me 🙂

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore In A Week, A Trip To the Fun Home and the Breakfast At Estee Lauder

This week there are only 4 outfits because I was so excited to head home that I didn’t stop to take a photo of what I was wearing…but I’ll eventually restyle to outfit and post it. But moving forward, since we don’t have class on Fridays, you probably won’t be seeing 5 outfits anymore (because I go heavily athleisure on my off days).

I won’t lie to you, I was white knuckling to the end of the week, so I relied heavily on trying to make myself feel up to conquer the day by putting a wee bit more effort into my look. Also, I was lucky to have some fun moments this week to take my mind off of all the stress.

This was a heavy high/low mixing week. I felt a little like I needed to approach my clothes like costumes this particular week. I went to Fun Home Grandpa Chic in my plaid pants and sweater, since I knew the play was set in a funeral home. Also I had the opportunity to attend a sports/technology event, and since I refuse to wear a suit, the second outfit with the leather jacket was my take on a suit. I’m always pushing the boundaries of work wear and what is appropriate, I’m a habitual line stepper when it comes to appropriate attire.

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If you are a broadway nerd like me I would recommend Fun Home because they are doing some interesting things in that play with staging, visuals, and music. I wasn’t in love with the entire experience, but I thought the unique ideas they tried were really fascinating.  Its innovative and interesting, and I would say you should see it if you can.

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I’ll talk more about the Estee Lauder breakfast in a future post about recruiting and informationals, so hang tight on that.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore in A Week and the New York City Film Festival

I’m writing you right now from an Amtrak train headed to DC. I desperately wanted to enjoy my first Friday without class by going home. I was at a Luxury Education Foundation breakfast at Estee Lauder earlier this morning…so I’m way more overdressed for the train than I find acceptable.

This week’s WIW post is interesting. My godsister, over at the Tattooed Vintage, is incredibly stylish and amazing at vintage and consignment shopping.  She pulled a few pieces for me a while back and I finally got to wear one of them in this week’s post.

Let’s get to the clothes, and then I’ll tell you why this week was interesting…

So this week was interesting clothing wise because it seemed like the events and dress codes were all over the place.  The second day posted, I had 2 minutes to get dressed. I mistook the start time for a class and had to get from my couch in my pajamas to my accounting class in under 15 minutes, and I live a 20 minute train ride from school. This is when I learned how important it is to have similar pieces near one another.  Granted I look like someone from Kanye West’s fashion show, in all my drab colors and olive green, but some how it worked. I had a lot of company events or informational meetings, so that’s why you see more blazers than usual. Also, the weather was all over the place, but again I got to do layers.

The outfit at the end is what I wore to the premiere night of the New York City Film Festival. I wanted to go for something visually interesting in a crowd, and that had a bit of conversation starting elements to it.  Those things on the sleeves are hand done sequins and beading, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on that sweater. It also came in super handy when the temperature dropped big time leaving Lincoln Center that night.

A quick plug, I got to see The Walk that night.  When I tell you that visually it was stunning, I’m hardly ever going to be able to do it justice in this post.  Also, if you are afraid of heights, like me, be prepared to white knuckle your way through it. Not since 127 Hours had I had so much anxiety watching a film.  But above anything it’s a beautiful story about following your dreams, and believing grand, extravagant dreams for yourself. It’s a beautiful film, and a wonderful love letter to New York City.

I hope you check out the movie, I promise you won’t be disappointed, unless you hate good movies…then just go watch Pluto Nash.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore In A Week and A Broadway Musical

This week has been so intense I didn’t even have time to write, let alone stay on top of my weekly posts.

So this weekend you are in for a treat…back to back weekend posts to make up for the missed content. So you will get new posts today, tomorrow, and Sunday.  Here’s hoping I don’t forget what I want to write about!

Now to the clothes:

This was an interesting week. There’s no Monday outfit because it was Labor Day, and I genuinely stayed in my pajamas all day. Also, I had a lot of club kickoffs, and wanted to go into them by making the best first impression that I could.

I’m a huge fan of mixing high/low pieces, so this week in particular there were a lot of under $60 pieces mixed with high end jewelry or more expensive accessories (those Louboutin wedges are so high but soooo comfortable). And whenever I can, I like to wear a belt or nip in the waist in some way. With broad shoulders, a big chest, I have to make sure that I take the waist in or else everything looks gigantic. I played with a little menswear inspiration on Wednesday with the penny loafers and the white button down. Not surprisingly, I hear more from the guys in my class when I wear metallic menswear shoes than anyone else. If I were to say I have a style staple/uniform it would be pencil skirts.  For my shape and daily routine, a pencil skirt adds a little sex appeal to an otherwise blah day.

The pink silk dress was my nod to Casual Friday Hawaiian shirt day, it also looked like I was wearing my pajamas. Saturday was when I got to see Amazing Grace with LeeLee, and I was ecstatic because I finally got to wear a coat somewhere (don’t even get me started on how much I adore fall, and layering). And the last outfit was from a marathon learning team session. I went from church to 3.5+ hours of library time on a SUNDAY. Thankfully J Crew continues to make clothes that feel like PJs so I was at least comfortable.

Yesterday I survived a statistics midterm, so if you see a girl around Manhattan lugging J Crew, TopShop and Sephora bags with FitFlops on, yea it’s probably me.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Workout Wednesday: 305 Fitness

Sorry for going MIA Monday, I needed a bit of a break…and I was neck deep in learning team meetings, managerial statistics homework, and catching up with some classmates.

Today I want to ramble on about one of my favorite things (that will hopefully become a regular part of this blog), boutique workouts.  My workouts are pretty varied, and I belong to Equinox.  I love my EQ workouts and classes, but sometimes I want to get dressed in my best Luon and head some place new, and that’s where boutique workouts come in.

A week ago I had a late start to class on a Thursday and decided to try out a spot I frequently see on Hannah Bronfman’s snapchat. By the way if you aren’t frequenting her instagram or www.HBfit.com, you are missing out on some awesome wellness inspo!

I’ve been intrigued by 305 Fitness for a while now.  As few may know I’m a frustrated dancer.  I’m not amazing, but I have dreams of breaking it down Step Up style. So I put on my best day glow VS Sports pieces and headed down to the village for a 7am partay!

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First off I knew I was in for a good time when DJ April Fresh stepped into the DJ booth.  Yes, you heard that right, there is a live DJ! My teacher for the morning was Denese Butler. There were black lights, strobes, I’m pretty sure glitter fell from the ceiling (or maybe I imagined that).  It was like going to the hottest club, I was having so much fun I didn’t notice I was working out.  I was dripping in sweat, smiling ear to ear, and riding an insane cloud of endorphins.

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I took a 305 arms class, which had a concentrated arm segment. But I legit couldn’t walk for 4 days after the class, and I loved it!!! The studio is fun, kitschy, and reminds me of my 6 years in the 305.

I’m not lying when I say 305 Fitness is one of the toughest classes I’ve ever tried, but one of the most fun.  I can’t wait to go back and let off some steam from all the managerial statistics and corporate finance stuff swirling in my brain.  I think the best and most rewarding part about the class, its a safe space to be free, have fun, and embrace your inner Sasha Fierce.

If you want to check out 305 Fitness follow the link here.

Hopefully I see you in class, and leave a comment with any NYC boutique workout recommendations you have…or some classes you’d like me to review for you!

XOXO,

MacKenzie