Arugula Salad


I love a good salad. More importantly, I love a salad that not only tastes amazing, but also takes no time to make. While looking for a good salad recipe to serve with rib-eye steak, I decided to pull from chatroom suggestions over the internet and create my own salad that not only pairs perfectly with red meat, but one I will definitely make again and again.

-packaged arugula
-parmesan cheese (shaved)
-a package of cherry tomatoes
-extra virgin olive oil
-balsamic vinegar glaze
-salt and pepper (to taste)

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

1. Clean and dry the arugula, then toss into a serving bowl.

2. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, then add tomatoes to the arugula bowl.

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

3. Sprinkle the shaved parmesan on top of the salad, then lightly drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze.

4. Toss well, and season if salt and pepper if you prefer!

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

Must Try: Aerial Fitness


I got into aerial fitness last year back when I was living in Boston. Immediately after taking only a few classes, I noticed that my arms were becoming more defined, my legs more toned, and my strength was back to where it was when I was at my strongest.

Not only was my body sculpting in a way that pleased me, aerial fitness was fun. It’s fun to climb silks, learn tricks and falls, and to create a movement out of something in the air. Needless to say, I became addicted to this type of working out, and when I moved back to Orange County, I HAD to find a studio here to feed my addiction.

I found that unlike big cities, Orange County doesn’t have a vast amount of aerial fitness studios to try. I’ve compiled a list of the studios below, and if I miss any, please let me know!

1. Aerial Fitness Orange County

This studio, in Costa Mesa, is a great studio to take privates, group lessons, or to even get your children in on the fun (they have kid classes!) When I’ve gone to this studio in the mornings (typically around 10 a.m.) I’m the only one in the group classes so there is a lot of personal instruction and attention. If silks isn’t your thing, you can also try out the static trapeze or lyra (hoop.)

Prices range from $25-45 a class, depending on the type of package you buy; 151 Kalmus Drive, J-7, Costa Mesa; (949) 631-5587.

2. Urban Aerial Fitness

Urban Aerial Fitness does everything from classic aerial silks classes to pole classes. While the aerial classes are co-ed, the pole classes are strictly provided for women. Looking for a sexy surprise for your hunk on valentine’s day? Give pole a try! They are offering a “Lap Dance 101” on Sunday, February 8.

$35 for a single class; 8780 Warner Avenue #14, Fountain Valley; (714) 502-4983.

3. Fembody Fitness

Fembody has both Orange County and Los Angeles locations. Their OC location, in Huntington Beach, offers classes from aerial, to barre, to pole, and even burlesque. If you’re looking to stick with aerial, you have the choice between silks and lyra.

Prices range from $15-$35 depending on the class; 16942 Gothard St. #J, Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach location); (714) 848-4708.

Hello! From Simply Leopard



Welcome to Simply Leopard! As of today, Simply Leopard is live! As a recent journalism masters graduate from Boston University, I was looking for a fun and creative way to express myself in the way I know best…writing! This blog is an avenue of all things that create a full and happy life. I’m not a chef, a personal trainer or even a beauty expert, but I am a journalist and I want to share all things I’m obsessed with, loving at the moment and interested in with the public.

Simply Leopard is a place to visit when you are looking for a new workout challenge, a great and easy recipe, or where to buy a great leopard print coat (I have three). Stop by, enjoy, and keep reading!