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Peace, love, and music bring out the best in barely-there outfits.

April 15th, 2014 No Comments

For those of you unfamiliar with Coachella, it’s a two-weekend alternative music festival held outside Palm Springs, California.  Think Woodstock for hipsters as this chick would indicate.

Even though the music is alt, the attire is all-out hippie and natural.   Emphasis on natural.  If you look too good, you look like that chick that tried too hard.  And if you have on too many pieces, you’ll burn alive in the desert heat.

Usually, I’m a HUGE proponent of keep yourself covered and show off one “money-maker,” but since the bands rock out their fans in the heat of the desert it’s only fitting clothing is minimal.

Below are a few of the more tame looks (that’s right) we can learn from and incorporate into our spring wardrobes.

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

TRENDS:

  • Double denim
  • Cut-offs with pockets
  • Fringed cross-body bag
  • Flat ankle boots

Alessandra Ambrosio Coachella 2014 via StarStyle

TRENDS:

  • Bustier top
  • Middriff exposed
  • Matching top and bottom
  • Shorts + boot combo

Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson and Jason Wu. Coachella 2014. Photo via STS/WEN

TRENDS:

  • Wide-brimed hat
  • Graphic tee
  • Inka + curt-off shorts
  • Shorts + Boot combo
  • Cross-body bag

Jared Leto Coachellla 2014 via JustJared

TRENDS:

  • Long hair
  • Loose fitting tank top
  • Patterned pants
  • Toned arms (just throwing that out there :))

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue

TRENDS:

  • Embroidery
  • Cut-off shorts
  • All white
  • See through
  • Cross-body bag

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue

TRENDS:

  • Patterned pants
  • Red
  • Cross-body bag

 

 

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“I always think about the cupcakes I’m going to eat at this moment”

April 14th, 2014 No Comments

It’s true…and I actually say that in the video…

My latest video for the SELF magazine #Burn100 series: a total body workout circuit without equipment.

It’s funny, the other day I was telling my friend that during my recent travels I have yet to do one of these workouts. Even though I plead with you to stay focused while you’re away from your routine. She then reminded me I also encourage you to rest your body when your muscles are tired. After 10 SoulCycle classes this week, tired is a bit of an understatement.

This circuit is probably the hardiest to complete but the easiest to execute because you know most of the moves. You just refuse to do them. (Burpees, ehem.)  The challenge is to maintain your form when you get winded, as you will see I am for most of the video.

See my other favorite SELF workouts here.  All are great to do alone or incorporate into your normal workout routine.

P.S. I’m back on the blog this week.  Apologies for being MIA.

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You can’t hide out in this camo.

April 1st, 2014 No Comments

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If you’re wearing Valentino this spring, you’re going for stylish, not stealthy.  Both the camo and neon trends have been popular in years past.  Here they’re combined to make every outfit more funky and playful.

Ironically, Valentino’s collection for Spring is much more sophisticated.

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I snapped these pics and snagged the pink bikini at Just One Eye, a private hidden boutique on Romaine (just east of La Brea).  They are my Valentino, Proenza, and The Row headquarters.  So many other A-Mazing collections in there….if you’re in LA, you must see it for yourself.  The website is very cool as well.  The prices are steep, but if nothing else, the style is inspiring.

Like a typical man, Mason chills while Mommy shops…and stares me down to “hurry up.”

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My favorite Fitness Monday post….ever.

March 31st, 2014 No Comments

This will make your monday.

My BVHL riders totally get my sense of humor.  We stomped it out almost in tears at 7am.

Get your LOL on :)

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Biggest Loser Pyramid Workout

March 24th, 2014 No Comments

Brett Hoebel is one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser.  In this episode of Burn100 (100 calories in 10 minute circuits), he creates a circuit by adding one exercise each round.  It’s a tough one!!  Don’t worry, he gives you an active rest.

For more #BURN100 episodes, click here.  They’re all different and easy to incorporate into your normal routine or do when you travel.

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Getting inspired to eat healthy

March 20th, 2014 1 Comment

Eating “healthy” and “clean” isn’t as exciting as a hearty plate of pasta or a juicy hamburger next to a steaming basket of fries.  Or, as we all know, just a plate of bacon. Those meals don’t need a lot of fanfare to be appealing.  The same old yogurt with berries and over-scrambled eggs we eat regularly lose their luster pretty quick, in my opinion.

However, I’ve found that looking at beautiful, stylized pictures of healthy food on instagram pulls me back to the bright side and away from the fries.

Here are four instagram users I love to follow and inspire me to keep my diet clean.  Three of the four also have blogs where they post their healthy recipes.  Click the images to find their instagrams.

 

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philosophiemama

@PhilosophieMama (Sophie) is a super cute energetic mother of 2 who created her own line of powdered super foods.  After watching her promote her line and post recipes on instagram I had to meet her. We had a breakfast date that could have gone on for days.  Since then, I’ve been using her  cacao magic superfood blend in my protein shakes.  Sometimes I just mix it with water.  Others I make a smoothie with spinach and acai.  It tastes like a milkshake!  Just what my little sweet tooth needs after a double SoulCycle day.  I’ll be hitting up the “Green Dream” next.  She also has TONS of recipes in which she incorporates the powders.  I just threw some into my oatmeal the other day and it went from bland to heavenly!

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Buy the pieces you love from dwell

March 19th, 2014 No Comments

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Dwell Magazine

If you’re into modern interior design like me (I just can’t get enough, aspirational living, I’m sure you understand), then you constantly lust after the interiors you see in dwell.  Now, the popular mag has opened an online store so you can buy the pieces you love.  I thought they would just offer accessories, but they seem to have EVERY category for your home.  It’s a lovely way to procrastinate.  Check it out.

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Bob ‘n weave

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

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Whether you like it or not (that would be me), the woven trend resurfaces every spring and hangs around until September.  This year is no different.  Go trendy, preppy, indie, or hippie with it.

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