Barry’s Bootcamp FAQ

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Barry’s Bootcamp FAQ

Do the instructors actually yell in your face? If so are you into it? Is that part of the appeal?

Hard no! Nobody is yelling in anybody’s face. It does NOT happen and it is not a part of the appeal.  The instructors are more like coaches. The red room is LOUD and they do provide earplugs if you need them, but nobody is yelling in your face!

Should I be scared?

Absolutely not! I was terrified the first time I went to Barry’s Bootcamp because let’s be REAL, it is very intimidating. But I walked out of my first class feeling like a badass and ready for more.

Is it worth the $$$?

YES! And the holiday sale is happening RIGHT NOW! This is the only time classes are EVER discounted. Time to stock up!

Barry’s or Soul?

I used to be Soul Cycle OBSESSED (more on that here) but today I can confidently say 100% Barry’s over Soul.

San Francisco Bloggers at Barry's Castro, Barry's Bootcamp FAQCan you explain the days of the week?

Monday Arms & Abs
Tuesday Full Body (Lower Focus)
Wednesday Chest, Back, and Abs
Thursday Abs & Ass
Friday Total Body
Saturday Full Body (Upper Focus)
Sunday Total Body

I’m not a runner – can I still do Barry’s?

Yes! I am not a runner either but have slowly learned to enjoy my time on the treadmill at Barry’s. If running is 100% not for you, you can also Double Floor and stay on the floor throughout the entire class.

Are the lift classes only at Castro?


The lift classes are entirely different from a standard Barry’s class. While things in the traditional Barry’s routine move at a fast pace, Lift is slow and methodical. However, it’s far from boring and not easy! Lift classes start with a five-minute warmup and are followed by a series of rounds, in nine- and five- minute intervals. There are only 16 people in the class, and everyone is encouraged to take heavier weights than they would in the normal Barry’s class. Dumbells, benches, and resistance bands are used. It’s similar to doing double floor.

Best instructor for your first time? (if you are in the Bay Area)

Katie Wang. Follow her on Instagram for a little behind the scenes action of all things Barry’s. She is one of the first instructors I ever took and she broke down the layout of the class in a way that made me feel comfortable and ready to go.

San Francisco blogger KatWalkSF at Barry's Bay Area, KatWalkSF, Barry's San FranciscoWhat do I wear?

You need to wear clothes that you can move in. I usually wear a sports bra, a fitted tank top, leggings, and shoes that I can run in. I would not wear anything baggy or too loose and be prepared to sweat!

Where can you buy the Oribe products they have in the bathrooms?

You can buy them here.

Holiday Sale SZN | The ONLY sales you NEED to shop

Holiday Sale SZN

& Other Stories | take an extra 30% off with the code: CYBER30

ADIDAS | 30% off everything with the code: CYBER

All Saints | 30% off everything

American Eagle | 40% off | 50% off sweaters and sweatshirts | free shipping

Anthropologie | 30% off everything | extra 50% off sale

APL | buy 2, get 1 free | 20% off with the code: OPRAH

ASOS | 30% off EVERYTHING with the code: BIG30

ATHLETA | 20% off with the code: BEMOVED

Bandier | 25% off everything | extra 50% off sale items

Baublebar | 35% off everything | $12 rings | 15% off custom

BKR | up to $30 off with the code: save30

Carbon 38 | 30% off everything with the code: CYBER30

Chewy | up to 60% off

Dagne Dover | 20% off everything

Dermstore | up to 30% off with the code: DSGIFT

Express | 50% off everything

Everlane | choose what you pay

Free People | take an additional 40% off sale styles

Gap | take 50% off everything

GiGi New York | 30% off sitewide

Glamsquad |up to 30% off your favorite services + $20 bonus

Glossier | save up to 35% off

H&M | 30% off everything + free shipping

J. Crew | 50% off your purchase with the code: MONDAY

INTERMIX | 30% off everything + free shipping

Lululemon | cyber monday steals

M. Gemi | up to 40% | save $60 with the code: KAT60

Macy’s | black friday doorbusters | free people cozy up colorblock pom-pom hat

Madewell | 30% off your purchase

Mango | 30% off everything

Marrin Costello | 25% off until cyber monday | Queens Chain

New York & Company | 50-83% off everything + free shipping | 50% off the sequin sheath dress

Nordstrom | get up to $100

Nordstrom Rack | extra 50% off clearance | Dyson sale event up to 50% off

Outdoor Voices | 25% off everything with the code: thanks25 | get $50 towards your next purchase on orders over $250

quip | up to 20% off

Reformation | 30% off everything + free shipping

Revolve | take an extra 20% off clearance with the code: CYBER20

Senreve | select a free gift with orders over $500 | receive a free chain with any belt bag purchase | shop 100% tax- free

Sephora | cyber monday sale | up to 50% off | up to 60% off

Shopbop | up to 25% off plus an additional 10% off

Show Me Your Mumu | price drop! all sale under $80

Skims | 2 for $78 underwire bras | 3 for $48 panties |full review here

Spanx | 20% off everything

Splendid | 40% off everything with the code: THANKS40

Target | up to 50% off

Topshop | up to 50% off

Ulta | up to 50% off

Uniqlo | cyber monday deals

Urban Outfitters | up to $75 off

Best of the designer sales linked here.

SKIMS Review | Is the SOLUTIONWEAR worth the hype?

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF reviews Skims

SKIMS Review

Last week I took the plunge and ordered from Kim Kardashian’s highly publicized SKIMS solutionwear collection. I had been eying the collection since it launched and last week the pieces I had my eye on were finally available in my size. The sizing is a little confusing but based on the size guide I went with a L/XL for everything. A L/XL should fit sizes 10,12,14 according to the site and but I am a size 8/10 and found everything to be VERY tight.

All of the pieces in my SKIMS delivery were from the original KIMONO collection so they had the old tags on them. This is what the SKIMS website had to say about it:

So as not to waste our original round of production, a fabric label with the SKIMS logo has been placed inside the garment. This label has been wash and wear-tested to ensure nothing is compromised with quality and feel.

Honestly, I wouldn’t have even noticed the tag issue. I was too busy trying to wrangle this shapewear onto my body. The tags are soft, flat and not an issue!

For my SKIMS review, I wore all three pieces from my order for an hour under multiple outfits. I sat, I danced, and I lived in them…and this is what I thought.

1 | The Sculpting High Waist Brief | $36 | L/XL | 78% Nylon / 22% Spandex

These are by far my favorite. If you are reading this go immediately to the SKIMS website and buy them. Not only are they comfortable (as comfortable as they are going to get), they really work. I tried the sculpting high waist brief on with two form-fitting dresses and honestly could not have looked better. If you taking anything away from this SKIMS review it should be to buy the brief ASAP!

2 | Core Control Brief | $28 | L/XL | 79% Nylon / 21% Spandex

These are the WORST. They do not stay up and they fit like a thong! I ordered the same size in everything and these do not come close to even fitting the same way as the other pieces in my order. They are not shaping my butt because they don’t even come close to covering it! There is also no way this would even come close to being invisible under everything. I am poking out of this from every possible angle like an overstuffed turkey! These are already back in the box with a one-way ticket back to Kim K.

3 | Core Control Short Mid Thigh | $38 | L/XL | 79% Nylon / 21% Spandex

If you are looking for FULL coverage and support like you’ve never felt before then these are your shorts. If you want to eat, breath or talk then these are NOT your shorts. These shorts intentionally run smaller for a compressive look and feel. If you prefer more comfort for everyday wear, SKIMS recommends selecting a size up or just not eating, breathing or talking. While I do not plan on returning these shorts (because honestly, my body looked BANGING in them) I am not quite sure when or how I will wear them.


Final thoughts: Kim is on her way to something great, but the products are not ALL there. The core control brief made me want to CANCEL Thanksgiving and go for a run. I could not put them back in their perfectly merchandised box fast enough! The sizing feels a little off too. If I really want to wear the core control short and LIVE I will most like need to go up to a size 2X/3X or 16,18,20?!?! and that just doesn’t sound right!

Have you shopped the SKIMS collection yet? Let me know in the comments.

Shop the Black Friday Event now: 2 for $78 underwire bras | 3 for $48 panties

Find more reviews here and here.

My Love Letter to Spanx Leather Leggings

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing an EXPRESS zebra sherpa and spanx leather leggings/

Dear Spanx Leather Leggings,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you do and let you know that you are LOVED. We’ve known each other for a couple of years now but things have really gotten serious and I feel like we are seeing each other more and more.

Here are a couple of reasons why I love you:

Your contoured waistband flattens my gut and lifts my butt.

The fact that you lack a center-seam has saved me from any embarrassing camel toe action, because trust and believe you know that I wear you like you are pants.

You always comfort me when I need you and provide just the right amount of stretch and flexibility.

You are ALWAYS by my side, tummy, butt, and thighs. I wear you to work, I wear you on dates, I wear you when I travel.

Thank you for being YOU and thank you for giving me all of you on sale this holiday season.


size note: I always order my usually medium size. I am 5’6 and a size 8.

More love for the Spanx leather leggings here and lookbook below.

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing an Anine Bing sweatshirt and spanx leather leggings/

Fashion blogger Kat Ensign wears the Something Navy Leopard V-Neck Cardigan from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

San Francisco Blogger KatWalkSF wearing a street style outfit in North Beach.

A girl in a black uniqlo ultra light down hooded coat standing in front of Eva's Bakery in Salt Lake City.

Blonde Blogger standing in front of a pool at the Hotel Yountville.

ASOS DESIGN reversible faux fur and check bonded jacket

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The Best Designer Sales You Want To Shop Now

The Best Designer Sales, KatWalkSF and Two Peas in a Prada on Maiden Lane wearing Designer Clothes

Designer Sale Season is here and started earlier than ever. This is your chance to snag a little something special for yourself or for someone VERY special on your holiday list. I’m sharing the best designer sales and my must-have steals from each site.

Barney’s New York – ALL SALES ARE FINAL – I am hoping and praying that this sale gets better because there is some serious potential for holiday STEALS. As of right now, I say go straight to the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and don’t look back.

UPDATE: they are FINALLY taking some serious discounts here | extra 20% off

Obsessed with these SF Giants Gucci Loafers

The Dyson is down to $288

*Stay tuned for more from Barney’s. I’m watching this sale like a hawk

Net-A-Porter – Up to 50% off – We all know that this sale is going to get even better in about 10 days so snag the essentials that WILL sell out ASAP. I don’t love a Golden Goose sneaker, but if they are your thing PLEASE buy them on sale with a side of classic Ray-Ban sunglasses | extra 15% off sale

Saks – Up to 50% off – Give me ALL the GANNI (including the dress I just bought). Sizes are limited so snag it ASAP if you are even on the fence. Saks has a great return policy | earn a $75 gift card with a $150 purchase

Nordstrom – Designer Clearance -The is by far my favorite of the designer sales because it is usually the most secretive. Last year I snagged a Gucci clutch for next to nothing and this year I bought a pair of black Tod’s croc loafers and I’ve got my eye on the oh-so-popular Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps and a Saint Laurent logo cuff | Get up to $100 when you shop in stores or online at Nordstrom during Cyber Week.

The Outnet – CLEARANCE up to 85% off – This sale is unreal my friends. If you are new to The Outnet it is basically Net-A-Porter’s sister outlet store and the deals are UNREAL. I’m talking 75% off Saint Laurent boots UNREAL | EXTRA 20% OFF CLEARANCE WITH THE CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

Moda Operandi – extra 30% off sale | I was a little late to add this sale and I actually think this is the best designer sale out there. The extra discount and premium product make this a sale you do NOT want to sleep on.