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Beauty, Eco & Organic, Fitness & Health, Hair, SkincareIntelligent Nutrients

certified_organic_anti-aging_serum“Everything that we put on our bodies must be nutritious and safe,” says Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Intelligent Nutrients, who is an active environmentalist changing world of beauty. I couldn’t agree more–it makes total sense, doesn’t it? I am a firm believer that the food you eat makes a huge difference in your health and appearance, so it follows that what seeps into our bodies from the outside should be carefully sourced as well. I sampled and fell in love with two products from Intelligent Nutrients, the Anti-Aging Serum and Organic Hair Shine.

My skin is fed and glowing with clarity as soon as I apply the oil-based Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum, which combats dryness as it nourishes. With autumn’s inevitable cool-down on the way, I now feel prepared! The unique blend of argan and acai oils protect skin from fall’s drying wind gusts while boosting elasticity. The results are undeniable, and I can actually see my fine lines (crinkles!) fading. I’m currently using the serum at least once a day before bed, so the oils can work magic and literally create beauty sleep for me. Because of the hydrating properties, I don’t even need a separate moisturizer since it acts as a barrier to seal nutrients and moisture in. I use a gentle cleanser, then just one pump of the serum covers my whole face, then one more pump for neck and decolletage. I massage it in using gentle, circular motions, and it’s soothing and calming as it absorbs. My face actually looks younger in the morning, and any irritation or redness is happily absent. My mind is at ease knowing that night after night, the serum I’m generously applying is certified organic. The treatment also contains antioxidants to affect skin on a cellular level, restoring collagen and elastin production.

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Fitness & Health, SponsoredSponsored: Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Deodorant

secretdeoWhen I planned my late September wedding, the idea was that the temperatures would be cooler and the weather nicer. What I forgot to account for was that the last three months leading up to the wedding (aka when things get realllly hectic), I would have to deal with planning in the sweltering summer heat. That’s right—running to meet vendors, coordinating appointments, dealing with guest list drama (don’t know a single bride who avoided that one)…all in 100 degree weather while trying to hold down a day job and not totally go insane. There’s only one hashtag for this: #StressSweat.  There are three main causes of sweat: activity, heat, and stress and in one fell swoop, I’m hitting all three. Thanks a lot, upcoming wedding!

However, I really lucked out when my friends over at Secret got wind of my less-than-glamorous summer and offered to help in the form of their  Clinical Strength Stress Response Deodorant. This product is formulated to stop sweat (any sweat, not just heat included sweat) and has totally been a lifesaver this season. Unlike many other products, Secret’s Stress Response Deodorant specifically addresses stress induced sweat—which in addition to straight up feeling awkward, also tends to smell. The deodorant formula contains proprietary technology that traps and locks away odor to neutralize it and then releases a fresh scent, instead of just covering it up since that usually make you smell even worse. The deodorant comes in a pretty citrus scent (which not only matches my favorite perfume of the moment) but also keeps me feeling energized (in a good way) throughout the day. READ MORE

Fashion, Fitness & HealthWork It Out with lucy and bkr

Yoga is my go-to class – not only for the fitness benefits, but also for the mind and spirit. Lucky for me, lucy Activewear stocked me up on some amazing clothing that I’ve really loved wearing in my classes lately.  READ MORE

Fitness & Health, HotelsThe US Grant Work It Lifestyle Program

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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 programsWhen 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

Celebrities, Fashion, Fitness & Health, New York, ShoesSlip into Ballet Beautiful

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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

Fitness & Health, Interviews, Los Angeles, SkincareTDO Interview: Lindsay Reinsmith

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.

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Beauty, Fitness & HealthSummer Essential: Scope Dual Blast

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

Fitness & Health1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST for ASTIGMATISM…Finally

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

Fitness & Health, FoodStart the New Year With A Cleanse

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

Fitness & HealthCooler Cleanse

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

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