The holiday season is officially here, and so is that annual struggle to keep it tight. With an endless flow of stuffing, cocktails, and pumpkin everything, the struggle is definitely real. Thankfully, I’ve been sampling a few hot new items in the world of health and fitness this month and it’s helped to keep me out of trouble!
With the carefully portioned, month’s worth of clean food delivery from Fitzee Foods, and the super food snacks and baking ingredients from Navitas Naturals, there is no way I can justify a whole month of “dirty” eating. As icing on the cake, I had the chance to experience a “calorie burning” infrared sauna with SenSpa (too good to be true?), and the Zinio app is keeping me entertained through my boring elliptical sessions on low intensity training days.
Bonus: A wrinkle remover for the chest! Yes, that’s right, a between the boob de-creasifier (not a word). Read on!
As a former Vancouverite and total Lululemon fan-girl, I was over the moon to receive the invite to the Artistry in Motion event at the Oh Happy Day studio in San Francisco, to celebrate the launch of Lululemon’s Fall ’16 collection, featuring unique dying techniques and jacquard fabrics. Ahead of the event, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lululemon designer Florence Colson to chat about the new Fall’16 line up and shibori dying techniques. Um, dream job anyone?
Ramona Braganza is a beautiful person inside and out. She’s known for training the likes of Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Ashlee Simpson (to name a few), and when you meet her, it’s obvious why anyone (famous or not) would be blessed to have this woman as a fitness coach. She is kind, approachable, and her training method is simple yet effective. I’m convinced it is as much her warm demeanor as it is her fitness program that have attracted Hollywood clients and regular folks alike, through her DVD’s and book.
When Ramona agreed to sit down with me to chat about fitness, I was super excited. A fellow Canadian by birth, her impressive resume includes years of training as a gymnast, dancing for the Oakland Raiders, and competing as a fitness model. This is all in addition to years of training in Hollywood, where she racked up an impressive roster of famous clients. We met in Union Square a few weeks ago when I was New York, where Ramona is living while she trains actor Michael Weatherly (formerly of NCIS) for his role on the CBS TV show Bull, which began airing this month. Read on to learn more about Ramona’s fitness philosophy, her balanced approached to healthy living, and her 3-2-1 Training Method.
When the team at the Burke Williams Spa reached out and asked if I wanted to try their Ananda massage treatment focused on channeling energy to heal the body and mind, it could not have been better timing. Why?
Over the past few years, I’ve realized that the list of demands I could take care of in a day is just going to continue growing, all the time. I’ve learned that at a certain point, it’s up to me to put a boundaries on what I can do in a day, and to decide when I will block time for self care. In practice, this can be exceedingly difficult and I have to admit that I need help with it. As a result, I’ve become fascinated with restorative practices that focus on stress relief to balance the mind and body. Whether that be massage, yoga, or meditation I’m finally starting to truly appreciate the value of these well-touted practices.
First, BetaBrand brought us yoga pants disguised as works pants. Now, they’ve created an incredibly comfortable pencil skirt: the Work-It Pencil Skirt. I’ve been searching for a stretchy pencil skirt for a few years, since I lucked out and found one at Club Monaco back in 2010. That one needs to retire, and was time to find a replacement. My Google searches for comfortable pencil skirts brought up tight, slinky skirts that were only nightclub appropriate. I needed a super comfortable pencil skirt with thick material that has some give when I sit or drink too many sparkling waters.
Living in the land of start-ups often means that I get first-access to a ton of disruptive new businesses. With my full time job, full load of side projects, and penchant for over booking myself, my favorite services allow me to save time with on-demand delivery straight to my door. This isn’t just for groceries (Instacart), late night cookie cravings (Doughbies), or last minute booze (Saucey) – it’s for everything, including my wardrobe. Queue Le Tote – the subscription, “on-demand” wardrobe service for clothing, accessories, handbags, and jewelry.
Le Tote delivers new styles straight to your door for one flat monthly fee, that you can return for new pieces as often as you like. They carry awesome brands like FCUK (one of my fave brands for dresses), BCBG, Rebecca Minkoff, Lucky Brand and more and do all the dry-cleaning for you – no cooties, just cute, clean fashion.
Floss, brush, checkup, repeat. That was my dental care routine for a long time, until I cracked a tooth trying to eat a frozen Cadbury Mini Egg. Yes, frozen. We were trying to discourage the pillaging of a Costco-sized bag of Mini Eggs by putting them in the freezer and clearly, it backfired.
After this, I started thinking more ways to improve my dental health. My dentist suggested a new nightguard to help with grinding, and to use an electric toothbrush in order to reduce my chances of gum recession. At the same time, I inquired about teeth whitening. The estimate for all of this came in at over the price of a pair of Chanel sandals I’d been lusting over (I know, I know – it should be health before fashion), so I started investigating whether there was a cheaper way to do it all. Read on to learn about what I found…
Spring is a time when everyone gets excited to shed winter layers, and fill their wardrobes with bold colors and light fabrics. It’s a perfect excuse to wear loud floral prints from head to toe! I was drawn to this maxi dress for it’s bold print and flattering wrap around style. Wrap around dresses (especially with plunging necklines) draw the eye to all the right places, and can be comfortably adjusted to any body type – curves or no curves. They are a mainstay in both my casual and corporate wardrobes. This maxi dress is romantic, and perfect for a date night or evening event. Paired with a pair of espadrilles that I’ve had for years here, it also looks fantastic with nude stilettos. Enjoy!
I’m so excited to finally be attending the 11th Annual Uncorked Festival in Ghirardelli Square this weekend in San Francisco. My friends went last year, and raved about the endless selection of food and wine samples (over 50 local wineries in attendance)! The best part will be sipping wine and enjoying views of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as meeting up with my girl Ashley from A Lady Goes West and her awesome hubby Dave.
If you make it down, be sure to check out fellow San Francisco blogger babe KatwalkSF’s gorgeous boutique Les Mechantes, which is also located in Ghirardelli Square.
It’s easy to wear a slip dress from day to night, a sleek, simple cut makes this piece like a blank canvas for layering on accessories and adding jackets to change up the look. This silky, silvery grey number from EXPRESS Runway is one of my favorite spring dresses for that reason, and will be coming on multiple trips with me this spring. The beauty of a slip dress it that it weighs nothing, packs easily, and can be combined with almost anything for a daytime or nighttime look. Here’s how you can style it: