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Eco & Organic, Fashion, Fitness & HealthPrancing Leopard

Editor’s Note: A couple weeks ago I went on a day long  yoga/raw food/Blueprint Cleanse retreat to Southampton with my friend  Jennifer. As we changed into our yoga clothes, Jennifer put on the cutest lavender onesie that everyone was oohing over. So of course I asked her to do a little guest post for TDO, and it turns out- there’s a lot more than what just meets the eye.

With all of the ultra-high tech fabrics in yoga garb these days, it’s nice to find a line that is breaking from the lulu-standard. Enter Prancing Leopard Organics, active wear that’s made with super soft, organic cotton for the fashion-forward, exercise enthusiasts among us. In fact, founders, Bert and Sevda Holland, are committed to sustainability,using 95% hand-harvested fibers and giving back to the community.

Comfortable and functional, the newly launched line of Prancing Leopard Organics apparel includes a fresh new take on workout clothes, including jumpsuits and harem pants, that infuse styles which can easily be worn on casual, non-gym days too. I had the pleasure of lounging poolside as well as partaking in a yoga and pilates class all the while wearing the Aix-en Provence Jumpsuit. I will admit, this was my first time sporting harem pants and I didn’t know how I would feel about them, especially in a yoga class, but to my pleasant surprise, it felt like I was wearing a maxi dress, as it is free-flowing and not restricting, but with the ease that pants allow for athletic activity. I actually enjoyed the comfort-factor so much, that I wore the jumpsuit the entire day instead of changing back into my sundress. The lime green lining and pockets were added details that I  appreciated. READ MORE

Fitness & HealthBody Language

If wearing sports sweats to the gym is not your idea of a good time, you should check out Body Language, a new line of workout clothes from LA that makes going to the gym just a bit sexier.

The product line accommodates a variety of fits and impact levels for your body shape and activity, but each piece has a little extra detail- a cutout in the back, a scrunch in the middle- to glam it up and set it apart from what everyone else is wearing.

The Barbara Top, for example, might not be optimal for cross training, but would add some serious heat to your downward dog. The Fani Top, on the other hand, provides enough support and coverage for the highest impact sport, but has a sexy cutout detail that not only shows off your hard-earned toned back, but also allows your skin to breathe when you’re sweating on the treadmill.

Over in cami land, the Zorro style is my favorite because the detailing in the back gives it that Herve Leger va-va-voom.  I’m also a big fan of their shorts, which are short and very sweet.  However, their long pants are rather low rise so I would attempt only with an already toned stomach.

To find your best fit, go to BodyLanugageSportswear.com.

Books, Fitness & Health, InterviewsTDO Interview: David Kirsch

To amp up for summer, I’m now going to the gym about 6 times a week.  But as I started paying more attention to working out, I realized that I didn’t know the answer to some very common exercise questions.  So I turned to David Kirsch, celebrity trainer to the uber hot and uber famous to settle once and for all those nagging concerns.

Kirsch has shaped some of Hollywood’s hottest bodies including Anne Hathaway (did you see how amazing she looked in her post-breakup pictures), Liv Tyler and Ellen Barkin.  He is also famous for getting Hedi Klum from baby weight to runway ready in three weeks for the Victoria Secret fashion show back in 2005, just eight weeks after birthing her child.  (The show was recorded November 9 and Kirsch arrived in LA to train Klum on October 13.)

Kirsch has also developed a series of workout related products.  His newest book, David Kirsch’s Butt Book, is out July 13, but we’re giving you a sneak preview of how to do one of his signature butt exercises. Read below for the tips this master trainer shares with TDO readers to make your own workout more efficient: READ MORE

Fitness & Health, InterviewsTDO Interview: Zoe Sakoutis & Erica Huss

Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss are the beautiful, energetic ladies behind Blueprint Cleanse,  the juicing sensation that took off in New York a few years ago and is now popular around the country.  I did the cleanse a couple of times, first last November and again this April when I realized that I was still craving their green juice!  (It is much tastier than the stuff I try to make myself.) A three day, delicious menu of fresh bottled juices was everything I needed to shake off the lethargy that had developed and this time I even dared to work out while juicing on the Blueprint Mind Body Cleanse program, offered in conjunction with Exhale Spa.  I was skeptical of exercising while juicing, but as it turns out, Exhale’s yoga and barre method classes were a perfect complement as they focused on toning and muscle definition (rather than cardio).   Three days and 18 juices later, I was sore but energetic and happy.

“Detox” and “cleansing” can be confusing buzz words you may hear in beauty and health media and I took a moment to speak with the ladies to get the DL on their personal experiences, the Blueprint philosophy, and a sneak peek at what the dynamic duo is up to next. READ MORE

Fitness & HealthDavid Kirsch Energy Bubbles

If mimosas are a standard part of your weekend morning routine, you may want to consider this alternative: David Kirsch Energy Bubbles. The truth is, if that Eggs Benedict or French Toast weren’t already wrecking havoc on your body, the concoction of champagne and OJ will do the trick. In fact,  I have yet to meet a single nutritionist who thinks that drinking fruit juice is OK. Keri Glassman, my go-to resource for all my diet needs, says 4oz a day of juice is the maximum anyone should consume- and only if it’s a must!

So my first step towards a healthier dietary makeover was giving up the Tropicana but I also didn’t want to fall back into drinking Diet Cokes ( I peaced out on soda more than a year ago). My beverage choices basically became Pelligrino, water or um, Pelligrino/water with lemon so I was really excited when I discovered Kirsch’s Energy Bubbles, an effervescent citrus flavored drink that is packed with vitamins and a blend of caffeine, yerba mate leaf, ginseng root and green tea leaf extract.  This dietary supplement also preps you for your workouts as it fuels your body with more energy to hit the treadmill for longer periods of time. READ MORE

Fashion, Fitness & HealthGet in the Groove

A friend one told me that one of the easiest way to encourage yourself to be motivated to go to the gym is to buy cute gym clothes.  After the discovering of Lululemon and stocking my gym wardrobe with plenty of their functional and stylish separates, I’m inclined to agree.  This may sound ridiculous, but I swear with each piece of Lululemon clothing I buy, the more I feel pressured to go to the gym to get some wear out of my new outfits.

Lululemon might not be a new brand name to some of you, but I was slow to catch on since there haven’t been many stores in the Tri-State New York City area until recently.  I first heard about it from TDO Editor Carolyn, when I asked for recommendations on a cute and useful yoga pant (Lululemon was responsible for the pair of pants she wore while trekking in Peru.)  Then, came the opening of the new store in Union Square.  One day while walking home from work, I strolled in and tried on their infamous Groove pant and it soon became on of my gym staples. READ MORE

Fitness & Health, New YorkFit to Fly

An old colleague friend of mine randomly took a trapeze class and two years later, quit her cushy corporate job, moved down to the Caribbean and now flies professionally for a resort.  I see her pictures show up on my Facebook feed, regularly hanging by one ankle while doing midair splits.  For some reason, I thought that’s what Jukari’s  Fit to Fly would be about, but luckily for me it’s really more about getting fit- and less about flying.

The Jukari Fit to Fly program was developed in conjunction with Reebok and Cirque du Soleil and is a gym workout that combines cardio with strength training using your own weight as resistance.   Jukari will be rolling out the program at Equinox gyms around 14 cities and this morning I had the amazing opportunity to join some other press (I caught sight of ABC News and The NY Times) for a preview workout class at Equinox’s 19th & Broadway location. READ MORE

Beauty, Fitness & Health, FoodBoost with Borba

I did not know that Borba made sweet treats (i.e. beauty and health supplements). But boy, am I glad that I finally found out! I recently tried their Gummi Bear Boosters, which are super delish and good for you.

These gummi bears are a pale orange-yellow hue that are dusted with sugar.  One of the key ingredients is acai, which many of you know help protect skin from damaging free radicals.  It also contains green tea and grape extracts, both of which are high in antioxidants. After a few days of eating them, I noticed my skin was a bit more clear, so I imagine that if you continue on the regimen, your skin will look pretty good consistently.  You only need to eat a few a day, but I guarantee that you’ll want to go through the bag in a week because they’re so yummy. I’m obsessed!

P.S. I just found out that they also make cookies! Sign me up!icon

Fitness & HealthwillPower & grace

It still feels like winter here in New York but eternal weather optimists like myself are hoping that soon I’ll be able to shed my layers.  To get ready, I signed up at Equinox Fitness to take advantage of their famous group classes.  I’ve spent years at various other gyms, tried out fancy studios and even bootcamp, but I’ve found that Equinox classes are some of the most unique and high energy ones I’ve taken.

Last week, I sweated through an amazing session of willPower & grace, which was literally an hour of almost non-stop action combining heart-rate elevating cardio with some serious yoga inspired balancing poses. I had trouble walking down stairs for a few days after, but was so impressed with my experience that I grabbed a few minutes with the founder Stacey Lei Krauss to learn about her fitness philosophy. READ MORE

Dining & Nightlife, Fitness & Health, New YorkRouge Tomate

Who: Emmanuel Verstraeten, Executive Chef Jeremy Bearman,

What: Rouge Tomate New York

When: M-Sat: 12-2:30, 530-10:30.

Where: 10 E 60th St (between 5th Ave & Madison)

Why:  For those who are health conscious, a special night out should still be enjoyable and not a nightmare. For New Yorkers, most self identified healthy restaurants are limited to midtown lunch spots where coperates crowd behind a counter and BlackBerry while waiting to pick up their grilled, unsalted, whole wheat burgers. That is, until Rouge Tomate landed in a glamorous, 15,000 sq ft space next to Reem Accra last fall and accomplished what health nuts have long considered an impossible feat: marrying flavor and nutrition with a low calorie, fine dining experience that doesn’t limit you to only one bite of your dessert. READ MORE

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