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Strength will get you a sexy back

June 8th, 2015 No Comments

When you’re wearing a bathing suit, the most exposed part of your body is your back, so we gotta get it looking good!  Plus, strength in your back body will improve your posture.

I’m a firm believer in “Repetition = Definition” but you can’t define muscles that you don’t have.

By using heavier weight in your workout, you’ll build the muscle first and then you can tone it.

In this video of an angled row, I’m using that philosophy to build back muscle.

In a normal seated row, you will usually feel tension in your neck and you pull.  By raising the angle of your arms, we take your neck out of the equation entirely!

Go for 3 sets of 10 reps.  In between, throw in some lunges to keep your heart rate up while your back and biceps are resting.

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Create a website as your resume in ONE CLICK: Strikingly

June 3rd, 2015 No Comments

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I wouldn’t believe it unless I had done it myself, but you can seriously create a website that will serve as your resume in ONE CLICK with Strikingly.  And, it looks AWESOME!

Strikingly pulls the content from your LinkedIn Profile, loads it into a single-page template, and incorporates sleek design elements with background images from their library. I’ve tried it (see my site here), and yes it’s that easy.

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Not only does your site look good online, it’s also responsive to mobile devices. In other words,  you don’t need to hassle with creating a resume in Word anymore.

Founder and creator David Chen set his goal to give anyone the capability to build a website in 10 minutes or less. In my experience with the Strikingly dashboard and user-friendly interface. That is absolutely true, but it was so easy to make changes, add new content, rearrange the flow, and edit photos, I spent an hour having fun playing with the features!

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The cost of the site is $0 if you use their Strikingly domain. YourName.Strikingly.com. Should you want to use a custom domain, you’re looking at $96/year that includes email service and the ability to build another website. The Pro version ($192/year) gives you three sites, access to the app store, embedding capabilities, and other features worthy of the cost.

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Strikingly isn’t just for resumes. The platform can also be the foundation for your company website and serve you analytics. Coupled with the fact that it’s also mobile-optimized makes Strikingly the perfect solution for businesses that can’t afford web development.

Go to Strikingly.com to create your online resume now. Then offer up a note of thanks to their team on Facebook. Trust me when I tell you, they will love to hear from you!

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The rules of cut off shorts

June 2nd, 2015 No Comments

At the ripe old age of 33, I feel like I’m too old and have become too conservative to wear cut off jean shorts of the super-short, ripped-to-shreds, pocket-hanging-out variety. Totally ridiculous, especially since I live in a beach town and I’m a stone’s throw away from West Hollywood where anything goes.

I think it’s time I lighten up!

@PeaceLoveShea (“a global talent and fashion influencer” per her website) has become one of my favorite fashionistas to follow on instagram,  I don’t really care what she does for a living, but I love living and dressing vicariously through her.

She exemplifies how this trend should be worn.

 

 

RULES TO ROCK THIS TREND

  1. Loose-fitting top

  2. Flat shoes

A few other examples from IG.

    

 

One thing you need to watch out for are the high-waisted shorts.  They look good from the front, just don’t take the tags off until you make sure they look good from the back.  I have a severe case of pancake butt in anything high waisted.  These two below pull it off beautifully.

 

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My substitute for burpees will tone your whole body

June 1st, 2015 No Comments

As effective as they are, I can’t stand burpees so I have been happily substituting this move into my workout for weeks!

Just like a burpee, the total body twist requires me to use my arms, abs, and legs.  During my weight training days, 20 reps gets my heart rate up so I stay in my fat burning zone while I’m lifting.

A few things to remember:

  • Your weight should be moderately heavy to support the movement.
  • Don’t let your elbows flare out to the side.
  • Keep your abs contracted to support your back as you’re twisting.
  • Don’t stop when you get tired, just slow down your pace.
  • Go for 20 reps, 10 on each side.

Total Body Twist Heat to Toe

  • Lululemon Top
  • Polar Heart Rate Monitor
  • Lululemon Pants
  • Brooks Pure Running Shoes
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Peachy suggestions for your summer table

May 28th, 2015 No Comments


Peaches, my favorite fruit, are back in season! And while I love to just devour them straight from the fridge, we should have a little patience and incorporate them into some dishes.  A few of my favorites along with other ideas below.  The best thing about peaches, they don’t need much!

  

  • Appetizer: served on toast with salty blue cheese
  • Salad: chopped with arugula, avocado, toasted sliced almonds, and a tangy dressing. Protein of your choice!
  • Dinner: Peach chutney over chicken (Recipe is from Cardamon Hill, AMAZING Indian in Atlanta)
  • Dinner: Grilled with grilled shrimp or PORK CHOP!
  • Dinner: Sautéed with my pork tenderloin
  • Side: Grilled or lightly sautéed with green beans, toss with slivered almonds and sherry vinegar (via bon appetite)
  • Dessert: Don’t fuss over cobbler or pie. Roast sliced peaches with butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, and agave. Served with cashew ice cream, sprinkle sea salt. Or with homemade whippedcream. My easy instructions for both here.

 

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Don’t stress about Dad

May 27th, 2015 No Comments

I think the reason we stress out about shopping for Dad is because we don’t fully understand the things they really enjoy in life.
Hence I reach out to my go-to “guy” who is corporate but not too conservative, stylish without being flashy, Southern but not a cowboy, enjoys all sports and plays golf. A very well-rounded, happily married father of two. In other words, he seemingly fits the bill for every man in some way.

Below we have come up with a gift guide for you that hopefully takes the stress out of your thoughtfulness :)

A more affordable option to the Big Green Egg: The Weber Smoker Grill

 

No fire pit? No problem. This Light ‘n Go Bonfire lights up anywhere.

 

 

His weekend watch has to be durable and cheap, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.  Timex has totally rebranded and has plenty of attractive styles like this one to choose from.

 

Oversized board shorts belong in the trash. It’s time for your man to show a little leg too!

We love Saturdays because they’re well made, unique, and the price point is perfect!

It’s come to my attention that women now dominate choosing the restaurant. So, on Dad’s day, find the biggest and best new burger in town and take him to devour it!


RAREFORM backpacks and totes are made from recycled billboards so they’re all one-of-a-kind and super durable. Again, starting at $50, totally affordable.

 

For the hubby who likes to host: honeyboards are also one-of-a-kind.

If you’re still on the hunt, hit up TouchOfModern, my favorite website for stylish accessories, chic furniture, and awesome gadgets. And, it’s all on sale :)

You can also check out my previous Men’s gift guide from Christmas here.

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Flat-tastic

May 26th, 2015 No Comments

It’s the season of flats and by the looks of the shoe floor at Bergdorf’s, anything goes!

Below a few eye-catchers from my last trip to NYC. 

Christian Louboutin

Nicholas Kirkwood

  

Schouler

  

Aquatalia

Givenchy

Charlotte Olympia

  

Celine

  

Celine

  

Chanel

  

Chanel

Tom Ford

  

Gianvito Rossi

You know me, most days I’ll be running around in these, but I am on the lookout for a new sandal to spice up my life.  The main requirement: ankle strap. Since I’ve started wearing sandals with straps, I’ll never wear another flip flop or slide again. It’s so much easier to walk when your toes don’t have to hold on to the shoe!
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How to get to the best beaches in Los Angeles:   Our Malibu Beaches App

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

Here’s the quick scoop on the beaches you hear about in Los Angeles:

  • Santa Monica is over-run with tourists and inland-dwellers who trash the beach.
  • Venice is cleaner, but touristy and crowded. I prefer to eat and shop when I’m in the neighborhood.
  • Marina Del Rey, just south of Venice, has a very quiet and beautiful beach, but parking is challenging.
  • Manhattan Beach is a bit of a trek south if you’re just in town for the weekend. It’s by far my favorite.
  • Malibu beaches are the prettiest and the hardest to get onto…UNTIL NOW!

People frequent the first four because they’re accessible and seem to be open to the public.

What most people don’t know about California beaches:  They’re ALL PUBLIC.  You are free to pull over on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway that runs along the coast) and pop in wherever you want.  Set up your umbrella, sprawl out towels, build sand castles with the kids even if it’s in front of Steven Spielberg’s Malibu mansion (he fought the state for a long time about entry point laws).

Tourists and locals will be happy to discover the Our Malibu Beaches App that designates every entry point for you to get onto a Malibu beach, which is the hardest part!

 

 

If you’ve been directed to a certain beach, use the List feature to find it and get all the details.

Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, pack EVERYTHING you could possibly want, even toilet paper.  Some of them will be a hike to get to and you don’t want to have to go back to the car.

This App is part of a larger group called Know What that has a library of other guides that might be useful around you!

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