It’s almost a bit of a tradition here at TDO to pay a visit to the US Grant every time any of us are in San Diego. The glamourous hotel is one of our favorites in the city, thanks to its prime location, delicious drinks and cuisine, spacious guest-rooms complete with French modern artwork, opulent decor, and now exclusive personal training fitness programs. When I was in San Diego last month, I of course, spent a couple nights at the US Grant and took the opportunity to try out the new Work It Lifestyle Program, complete with my own personal Pilates class! READ MORE
If you’re not familiar with Ballet Beautiful by now, you should be. Owner and former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers counts Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler, Kirsten Dunst and several Victoria’s Secret models among her svelte celebrity clients — and she helped tone Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Her latest offering: These gorgeous satin ballet slippers made by Porselli for Ballet Beautiful. I immediately thought “gift!” as soon as I saw them. They’re perfect for dance enthusiasts and those who just want to have the best. If you’re interested, get to the website now because they are selling out. (They also carry leather slippers.) READ MORE
Ah, cleanses. It’s been over a year since I did my last cleanse — mainly because, well, I’m not a huge fan of cleanses. But leading up to my latest vacation, I decided to do a short one to prepare myself for the days of decadence ahead (and yes, lose a quick few pounds). That and I was curious about Kaeng Raeng, an affordable vegan and gluten-free detox cleanse developed by entrepreneur, writer, certified personal trainer and animal rights activist Lindsay Reinsmith.
When I think about summer essentials a few things come to mind: bright colors, sheer makeup, extra SPF, and dental hygiene. This last one might get overlooked often, but think about it: summer eating is full of BBQ, burgers, cheese, dips, condiments, meats, sauces, marinades, garlic, onions- basically all sorts of things that are tasty but never quite leave your breath. So I was really excited to discover the new Scope Dual-Blast collection, which not only blast away strong food odors immediately, but also kills germs, cleans and fortifies teeth and eliminates strong aftertastes.
The collection features the Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash in a fresh mint or icy mint formulation. I prefer the fresh mint as its refreshing without being overly spicy and have been using it after heavy dinners at home. Honestly, the only thing I’m waiting for is for them to create a travel size version of this product so I can just throw it in my purse for on-the-go freshening. READ MORE
My entire life, I’ve had issues surrounding my eyes and vision. In addition to wearing glasses since the age of 3, I’ve also undergone multiple surgeries and (needless to say) have very sensitive eyes. I also have astigmatism. What’s that, you say? Well if you’ve ever been fitted for contacts and what you thought was the $50 fitting fee turns out to be more like $250… odds are you probably have it too. Astigmatism is when your cornea is misshaped and can’t create focused images even if there’s no distance vision problem. And for us lucky ones that have this, we’ve always had much more limited options when it comes to the kinds of contact lenses we can wear. Until recently, that meant that we had no choice but to stick to the bi-weekly or monthly disposables. I remember -even a decade ago- being incredibly jealous of my friends who had the daily disposable lenses, while I was still doing the rub and clean routine every night. I mean, really? I was waiting for some contact lens company to get with it and not leave us blurry eyed folks out of all the fun. READ MORE
I’ve been really obsessed with juicing and cleanses lately, especially around the holidays when the fattening food was all over the place. Since I was heading back to NJ for the holidays, I decided to do a cleanse for my first three days there, hoping to get at least a little detoxified while I was away from Los Angeles. Since so many people had raved about the BluePrintCleanse, I decided this time I would try it out and hopefully reset my body a little. READ MORE
Longtime readers of TDO will know that I’m certainly no stranger to cleanses. I really enjoy drinking fresh juices (much to the dismay of my boyfriend every time I whip out a green juice for him to ‘try’) but I haven’t done one in a long time. Years ago when cleanses first became popular, I’d try them one after another in hopes of dropping weight. We all know that’s not what cleanses are meant for- but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that’s not what I was hoping for. During the past year, however, I’ve developed a much healthier relationship with food and fitness and can happily say that I no longer feel like I even want to lose weight. But I still jumped at the chance to try the Cooler Cleanse because with the right intentions, I find that a cleanse can actually be very beneficial. I feel lighter and more energetic after a cleanse and I enjoy drinking fresh rather than processed juices. And after the cleanse is over, I always feel very motivated to continue eating fresh, whole foods. READ MORE
When it comes to my shoe collection, I take things very seriously. I have heels and flats of every shape, size and designer; open toed, close toed, pumps, platforms, wedges- you name it, I have it! However, when it comes to sneakers my shoe wardrobe is sorely lacking. I took a survey this morning and could only find a couple pairs of raggedly sneakers that I couldn’t even figure out the origins of. Needless to say, I definitely don’t feel cool when going to the gym and would never even consider wearing them on the streets.
So I was super excited to learn about (and score a pair of ) the new Velocity 773 Collection from New Balance- a new line of fashion forward sneakers that I could wear to see my personal trainer or my best friend for brunch. I love the sleek look and lightweight feel. It’s a lifestyle shoe through and through- so not recommended for heavy athletics- but this stylish pair certainly packs a good amount of technology from New Balance. The inspiration for the 773 is the New Balance 607, a high performance shoe used by sprinters and hurdlers, and uses a lot of the same design concepts as the original. My favorite color combo in the 773 Velocity Collection is the classic silver and pink – a look that would match well with skinny jeans, leggings or a denim mini in the summer. Cute!!
The Velocity 773 is avaliable on NewBalance.com for $64.99.
So, after all those holiday cookies and hangovers, CLEANSE and DETOX appear to be the buzz words of the month. (And judging by the fact that two local Borders stores were sold out of Dr. Alex Junger’s “Clean” book, I think all of L.A. has jumped on the bandwagon.) Prompted by my curious husband (who despite feeling sluggish after the new year was suspicious of the detox trend), I enlisted us in a cleansing experiment: 5 days of raw-food-eating and 2 days of Lori C. Kenyon and Marra O. St. Clair’s Ritual Cleanse — an Irvine, Calif.-based juice cleansing program designed to “reset” the body.
Now, I know, some people do “Beyonce’s maple syrup diet” for well over a week, and many follow Dr. Junger’s advice (endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow) for at least three weeks, but honestly, feeling faint, weak, mucus-y and stuck with a headache is not my idea of a good time … no matter how skinny, light or euphoric I’m supposed to feel. One week of abstaining from all the things I love about food — caffeine, all meat, refined sugar, dairy, alcohol, soy, wheat, gluten — was about all I could stomach. That’s why I chose this route. With raw food, we got to eat a bunch of vegetables and feel full; and with Ritual Cleanse, we didn’t have to prepare meals (vegetables are time-consuming!) and worry whether we did so correctly.
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