Stories for: Fitness & Health

Fitness & Health, Hair, SkincareAutumn Roundup

serumI’m totally embracing autumn this year, loving every minute of the crisp air on my skin, snuggling under a blanket, and lots of apple pie! I don’t mind a bit of lingering summer weather here and there, but I do mind the stubborn sprinkling of freckles that a few hours too many in the sun has left on my face, not to mention a couple tan lines I’m still sporting from two months ago. After doing a little digging into the reasons for pigmentation, I found out that a big problem causing dark spots is excess melanin produced in the deeper layers of skin due to chronic inflammation. La Roche-Posay has a unique system to prevent and treat uneven skin tone without ever stepping into a dermatologist’s office. The Intensive Dark Spot Correcting Serum attacks spots which are visible and recurrent as well as those still in development. I apply the serum in the evenings after cleansing so it can work all night long, and have been consistent for almost eight weeks now, which is the suggested time for reducing spots by about 39%. I’ve noticed that it does brighten and even my complexion without irritating my finicky skin. My little freckles are lightening, so I’m hopeful that they’ll stay on that track.

spfWhile the serum does its job, it’s important to keep skin protected from the sun while continuing the work of correcting and preventing visible dark spots. The Daily Dark Spot Correcting Moisturizer does all this while absorbing quickly, and doesn’t feel greasy. UVA and UVB rays are blocked, which are the number one cause of dark spots. Both the serum and moisturizer use Phe-Resorcinol to reduce excess melanin at early stages of production and ferulic acid and gingko to reduce oxidation of melanin pigments. LHA is a signature ingredient which exfoliates the upper layers of the epidermis containing melanin. The regimen is effective and easy to incorporate for a brighter complexion to glow among the layers of autumn foliage! READ MORE

Fitness & HealthDrink Up with bkr

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Summer is officially over, and it’s time to go back to school…errr, work. Fall always seems like crunch time before the holiday season, so aside from many meetings, we’ve been sitting at our desks trying to get it all done. Oftentimes, lunchtime passes and before you know it, it’s 3PM and you’re starving and thirsty. Sound familiar?

Keeping snacks at your desk can help with any “hangry” issues, but I find that having a pretty water bottle reminds me to drink up! I love bkr bottles, which come in gorgeous vibrant colors, and are so simple and chic. I fill it up in the morning and again mid-day, and I’m good to go. Need to pick one up? I’m loving this fun purple hue!

Eco & Organic, Fitness & HealthGlow Bio Cleanse

cleanseA rainy day is perfect for a cleanse since I like to think of the rain as a metaphor for the outflow of toxins and impurities from my body. At the end of it, the reward is a clear sky and a glow! I just tried the 1-day Glow Bio Cleanse, a new generation program designed by New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She’s an inspiration on her own, she’s gorgeous and fit, and throws out helpful tips on a daily basis- did you know you’re supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach? Each organic cleanse begins and ends with the fiber-filled Glowing Green Smoothie, sandwiching in Cold-Pressed Juices enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion. Shots in between juices are powerful benefit-driven boosters which are easy to get down and add a zing of energy (especially the spicy ginger shot!). The purpose of the strict order of consumption is to maximize the nutritional benefits and get your body back to harmony.

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Fashion, Fitness & HealthAthleta Summers

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Trying to get your body swimsuit-ready for the warmer weather? Now is such a great time to stock up on some fitness goodies to get in shape for summer. Like I’ve mentioned before (in previous posts), working out requires motivation for me, and cute clothes certainly help! Athleta has some really fun options, but I’ve actually never tried their activewear…until now. I was pretty impressed by the fit, fashion and function of the pieces I tried. Read more about the items I tested below.  READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, Fitness & Health, MakeupThree Obsessions for Spring

hoodieI’ve been an avid fan of the women’s activewear line Graced By Grit for a while now and must share my latest obsession from their collection, the Head to Sea Hoodie. On every run this spring, I don what I refer to as my “second skin,” a super lightweight but hard-working piece of engineering which moves the way I move to allow for the most efficient workout possible. It’s perfect in the morning when there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, but even when I start sweating, I don’t feel sticky or heavy. Thumb loops keep it in place during vigorous activity while the shape flatters my body with its form-fitting longer length. I love that the UPF 50+ rating saves me from having stubborn tan lines or having to slather smelly sunscreen all over.

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Fitness & HealthGraced by Grit

gracedWhile I love Spring for its innate optimism, it’s also a kick in the butt to well, get off my butt! It’s finally time to throw off the cold-weather layers and start exploring warm-weather wardrobes, and that means making sure my body isn’t still hibernating in winter mode. I’ll be the first to admit, I need a lot of incentive to get moving outside- a great playlist, comfortable running shoes, and fresh workout gear are often the most inspiring! I saw the name as a sign when I came across Graced By Grit, designed by two amazing athletes, for active women. Their inspiration comes from the life-shaping grit in life that shapes you as a person, and a welcome gift at the end of it is grace. The collection is unique because it is meant to function both in the water and on land, so the top-quality fabrics are light but woven to last.

The Show ‘Em Whatcha Got Cami is built for just that, a flattering and edgy cut made with quick-dry UPF 50+ fabric. It has a built-in bra, which can be supplemented by a sports bra for high-impact exercise. The top is fashionable enough to grab a smoothie in after the workout (the ruching had me at hello), but designed to be highly functional during it. I’ve taken the Cami for a few runs, and it’s comfortable and breathable, and doesn’t ride up. Most importantly, I feel safe running even at gloaming due to the reflective logos and the easily attached safety whistle always within arm’s reach.

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Fitness & Health, ShoesKick It Up

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With my sister running in a race this spring, she’s motivating me to step up my fitness game. But it doesn’t hurt to have cute workout gear to help you along the way…starting with shoes! Who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes, right? These just happen to be for working out. The latest addition to my closet are these New Balance W890 sneakers, part of the Heidi Klum for New Balance collection. READ MORE

Fitness & HealthGet Fit in Style

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Working out is never that fun for me. Sweating? Yech. But staying healthy is important and what help gets me motivated? Cute workout clothes! Enter lucy – my recent favorite go-to source. One of the keys for me is that whenever I throw on lucy pieces, they actually make me feel slimmer – and therefore, motivates me further to get sweating! READ MORE

Fitness & HealthJuice Press Your Way to a Healthier Week

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I might be doing things a little differently from the average folk, but I actually love to use the weekend to rebalance my diet and get the next week started off on the right foot. Weekdays are usually a minefield of bad-eating opportunities from sweets in the office (someone always has to bring them in!) to “just one glass” of wine at after-work events. During the weekends, however, things are usually under my control, especially since my rage-out Saturday nights are long in the past and I now prefer unwinding on the couch with Netflix. So when I had the opportunity to try a selection of juices from Juice Press, I opted to start on a Friday and conclude on Sunday night, leaving me much more motivated to tackle Monday with a healthier outlook. (Plus, for weekend cleansers, Juice Press will deliver twice–once on Friday morning and once on Saturday morning, to make sure that juices are at their freshest. Gotta love a company that’s looking out for us!) READ MORE

Fitness & Health, Mom & KidsErica Ziel’s Knocked-Up Fitness

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Sometimes after a big dinner (or many, as the holidays go), I lament the bygone days where I could eat a wheel of brie then lie on the beach in a bikini with no evidence of having indulged. After a few years have gone by, and oh, having a baby, things are a bit different. For moms and moms-to-be, fitting in that workout is beyond tricky and frankly, not that appealing. Luckily, I have a new little secret up my sleeve for a new start in the new year. Certified Personal Trainer Erica Ziel, a sun-kissed Californian with a degree in Kinesiology & Health, has culled all her knowledge and experience into a new workout program. Knocked-Up Fitness is an effective pilates-based workout designed for all trimesters of pregnancy and post-pregnancy where Erica is your personal coach and inspiration. The Prenatal + After Baby 4-DVD set starts from the first trimester and goes all the way through staying in shape from diaper changing to first steps. An exercise band is included, so you’re all set to get in the best shape possible while being safe. During pregnancy, core muscles are more important than ever for labor and delivery, then of course comes the rebuilding of the body post-pregnancy. Erica’s philosophy is that the stronger your deeper muscles are, the stronger the rest of your entire body is.

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