Monday, December 1, 2014

Dressember: Day 1

Dress: H&M. Boots: Nine West Vintage Collection via Amazon. Sweater: Target. Necklace: Forever 21

Today is the first day of December which means Dressember has OFFICIALLY started! What is "Dressember?" you ask. Well, let me tell you.

Dressember is a commitment to wear a dress every day during the month of December to raise awareness for social injustice against women throughout the world.  "Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women." Dressember is about, "embracing the inherent freedom and femininity of all women." By wearing a dress every day for the next 31 days I hope to raise awareness as well as have fun coming up with creative ways to style the dresses I already have in my closet (Ok, so I may end up buying a couple more...)

(If you're wondering, I can still wear pants to work out and sleep in, but no jeans and all daily "outfits" will be comprised of dresses).

Here's the link to my fundraising page.  Last year Dressember raised over $165,000!

I'll be posting my outfit on Instagram every day. Be sure to follow along @GabbyRoseRuns

Monday, November 24, 2014

Getting Christmas Started Early: The Queen Mary CHILL

On Saturday, Donny and I got to attend the Queen Mary CHILL! We went last year on their media preview night and we had so much fun, I knew we wanted to go again!

Something they did differently this year is that all of the main attractions are now included in the price of your admission.  I thought that was a great improvement! So now your ticket includes access to the Ice Kingdom, Ice Skating, Ice Tubing and The Queen Mary!  We also had the additional E.L.F. Pass (Express Lane Fast) which allows you to go the front of the line (like a Disneyland Fast Pass) and gets you unlimited rides on the Swingin' Sleigh Ride. This pass costs an additional $15 per person.  It wasn't too crowded on Saturday evening when went (probably because it just opened last week) but I can imagine the E.L.F. pass would be really helpful when it gets busier around Christmas time. And if you have kids that love the giant swing - it might be really nice to just let them ride it over and over again for free while you sit by a fire enjoying live music and hot cocoa.

The whole area is full of Christmas-y festivities and everything is themed so well! Even the food booths all look like Christmas village shops!

Of course the main attraction though is the Ice Kindgom. The Ice Kingdom is an exhibit made entirely of ice by professional ice sculptors from all over the world. You receive a giant parka before entering because inside, it is CHILLy. They keep the exhibit between 4-7 degrees fahrenheit! Even with the big parka, we could feel the cold within 10 minutes. But since every ticket includes unlimited trips, you can warm up in between visits!
Yes, that's all ice! I love the miniature Queen Mary they build every year. It even has an ice slide!

I also think the pure, clear ice is absolutely gorgeous. This year, one of the rooms had a huge nativity scene all out of clear ice. It was beautiful!

The Ice Kingdom is inside a giant tent inside the Dome, but also inside the Dome is the Glacier Glide.  Another popular, unlimited attraction!

When we exited The Dome, Keurig had a truck set up with complimentary hot beverages.  It was a perfect treat after our chilly adventures.  I got a hazelnut coffee, Donny picked Pumpkin Spice.
We shared a delicious cheeseburger (it was a little pricey, but it was big enough for two to share) and then explored the Christmas village.
We finished the evening with a trip up to the Queen Mary and got some great views of the Harbor and CHILL.
We had a great time and I would definitely recommend you check it out!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Queen Mary CHILL. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Adoption Blog

Hi Friends,

I know things continue to remain pretty silent around here.  That's mostly because life has been full of preparing for ADOPTION! Donny and I have began the Embryo Adoption process and decided to start a separate blog chronicling our journey.

I'll continue to post running related stuff here every once in awhile, but for now, I'm pretty focused on getting our baby!

Please head over to: and check out our story!

Gabby Rose

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pasadena Pacers Kick Off LA Marathon Training

Training with the Pasadena Pacers for the 2015 LA Marathon starts TOMORROW! I ran my first marathon this year and could not have done it without the support, encouragement, training, discipline and fun of the Pasadena Pacers.
From the Pacer Facebook Page:
Whether you run infrequently, or have never run before, starting Saturday, September 20, the Pasadena Pacers will kick-off its LA Marathon training program to get you in tip-top shape for the LA Marathon in March, 2015. You'll come for the training, you'll stay for the friendships, we promise.
The Pacers is a FREE running club and you don't need to sign up or commit to anything.  Just show up ready to run and with a smile!  

Water is provided along the route, but you do need to bring your own water bottle or hydration belt. (Drinking directly from the water jug is a big no-no).

Tomorrow, marathon beginners are running 4, more advanced 6. But there are also multiple other groups running different distances as well. We meet south of the Rose Bowl near the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center at 7AM. For a full schedule and more details, visit

Won't you join us?
All photos courtesy of the Pasadena Pacers Facebook Page