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It’s not just a workout…

July 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE schedule 2014

 

It’s a lifestyle.  Anyone with even a small athletic sensibility knows that exercise is about more than just being fit.  

What we ALL have is a responsibly to find our own happiness.

I believe that through exercise, pushing our bodies until our muscles burn, will prove to our head that we are strong enough to get whatever it is we want in life.  It’s an analogy: the burn will change your body, the willpower you use to get there will change your life.  SoulCycle, or your favorite form of exercise, is the training to do that consistently….with confidence. When you accomplish one thing that makes you happy, you move on to the next.

Under this photo on my instagram I wrote:

#SoulCycle, it’s not a workout, it’s a lifestyle. Pop the ride into your calendar and hit “Repeat Weekly.”#SoulFamily #DanceYourAssOff #AthletesBecomeWarriors #FaithLoveFight #JoinThePack 

I try not to take it all too seriously, just acknowledge that everyone in the room is after the same thing and will support you in your effort.

(Thanks for the background and shout out @checkoutamanda x)

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If I’m going to eat spinach instead of drink it

July 10th, 2014 No Comments

bon appétit spinach salad

 

These days the only way I’ll take my spinach is in a glass, either as part of a smoothie or juice blend.  Then I ran across this salad recipe in bon appetit.  Now I’m reconsidering and might even be motivated to have a little dinner party.  (If you’ve been gone for a while I’m single and on some sort of cooking strike.)

Spinach Salad with Crispy Onions and Dates

Via bon appétit June 2014

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Fresh spinach
  • bag of dates
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 lime juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Blend 2 pitted dates, 1/3 cup veggie oil, 1 tsp lime zest, 1/4 cup lime juice in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup veggie oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat and sautee shallots until crispy. About 5-7 min.  Remove from pan and place on a paper towel.
  3. Chop 3/4 cup of dates.
  4. Toss it together!
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You gotta make it match – A How-To on Bronzer

July 8th, 2014 No Comments

Blonde girl tanning

 

One of the frustrations we never really talk about during the summer is skin tone.  Staring into the mirror, we are blinded by convenience and cheapness.  In other words, we apply our pale, everyday makeup on our suntanned faced so we don’t have to buy new products.  We just HOPE it absorbs in and the tone evens out.   The other scenario is when we try to conceal a sunburn; unfortunately, our dehydrated skin sucks out all of the moisture from the lotion before we can even apply  powder.

Let me set us of all, straight: we’re not fooling anybody!

Eva Longoria bad makeup

 

Not to worry, you don’t have to buy all new cosmetics.  Lotions and bronzers will help pull you through with glowing features.

Lauren Conrad is a good example of the look we want: skin-kissed, all over, with exactly the same color.  Her face matches her neck which matches her body.  Here’s how you do it:

1.  HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

Dermalogica hydrating serum

Jouer Cosmetics Primer

 

Dry skin caused by too many outdoor activities not only expedites the aging process, but also creates a huge obstacle to getting your skin tone even.

For years I’ve been using dermalogica skin hydrating booster after a day in the sun.  It refreshes your skin almost instantly.  Jouer just came out with a moisturizing primer ($38) that does the same thing so your face doesn’t have to steal moisture from your foundation.

2.  PICK THE RIGHT BRONZER

 

Guerlain Terracotta 4 seasons bronzer

After an extensive search online, I can’t find anyone who claims they know THE BEST bronzer on the market.  Many people mentioned Chanel, which no longer seems to make their bronzer.  The other favorite was Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Brozer ($76), but their Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52), that comes in 7 colors, looks more approachable to me.  My suggestion to you would be to spend a day in a department store and figure out your favorite.

Jouer Cosmetics Bronzing powder

I use Jouer cometics matte bronzer with my powder brush over my “everyday” foundation powder.  I’m not that tan so a little color does the job for me.  If you need more color, consider using a matte bronzing lotion by itself or adding it to your foundation.

3.  APPLY ALONG THE BONES

The TRICK is to start at under the cheek bone, jaw bone, or hair line and then whisp out from there.  Applying the darker color this way, it will be heaviest in the areas of your face that are naturally shadowed.  Conturing bonus!

(Headline photo via Jouer Cosmetics Instagram.  Jouer generously sends me products.  I write about the ones I love.  Just like I do with everything else!)

If you’re looking for makeup to wear IN THE SUN, that will hold up against all of the surf and sweat, click here.

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A bikini body is not JUST about cardio

July 7th, 2014 No Comments

We always say, “I gotta go burn off that dinner from last night.”  Even though I know better, I still say it…. It sounds better than, “I really need to lift off those margaritas.”

The truth is that staying lean is just as much about lifting weights as it is getting your heart rate up.

When you’re heart rate is in it’s resting zone and you’re…let’s say laying on the beach, muscle keeps your body burning calories.  Lifting weights will help you build this muscle in a way that cardio can’t.

Finding time to hit the gym seems harder in the summer because our free time is allotted for more leisure activities.  As it should be.  But since we want to look good laying out, strolling foreign streets, dancing at our friend’s wedding, we need to exercise to stay toned and keep our metabolism revved up.

This BURN100 series coves all the bases for you in 10 minutes!  You’ll see Brett Hoebel using heavy dumbbells and doing cardio moves.  Remember, when using heavy weights, form is crucial so you don’t pull anything.  Keeping your abs engaged and shoulders back will also make each move more productive for your muscles.

For more quick workouts (that are great to do while traveling), click here.

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Breakfast boredom leads to healthy bagel replacement + LA hotspot gourmet version

June 19th, 2014 2 Comments

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I’m always trying to think of ways to reinvent breakfast, in my opinion, the most boring meal of the day.  If I were eating waffles and bacon, breakfast would be my favorite.  However, such is not the case.  My options are oatmeal/quinoa with seeds and nuts, yogurt with seeds and fruit, or hard-boiled eggs.  If I’m being honest, on the days I teach at SoulCycle, I eat whatever looks appetizing in my fridge: usually half of a banana slathered with almond butter or just almond butter and jam in a bowl….I’m eating it with coffee so it doesn’t need to be healthy, just small and slow-burning.

 

Recently I’ve been craving bagels.  Recently I’ve also been trying to cut out gluten.  Not a good pair, but an admirable challenge!

 

Being single, there are only so many things in my house, so the recipe for this hearty treat almost put itself together.

 

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Brown Rice Cake + Raw Almond Butter + Non-Fat Greek Yogurt + Home-made Jam

Carbs + Fat + Protein + Deliciousness

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Now, there isn’t enough protein (about 20g per meal for me), but the combo is quick, easy, light, and satisfying for 2 hours.  That’s really all I need in the morning.
At first glance, I know, it makes you cringe, but think about it….the recipe makes sense.  Sub rice cake for bagel, yogurt for cream cheese….It’s really a solid combo that coincidentally I’m not the only loving.
Bon Appetit clipping

 

A couple weeks ago, I’ve just made my little substitute bagel breakfast and I break open Bon Appetit. (Literally. As you see at the top of this post.) I flip through a few pages and I see a feature on Squirl, the latest LA hotspot. The hipsters apparently line up around the block for their fresh toast and homemade jam.  The owner and chef is Jessica Koslow, who reigns from Bacchanalia (one of my favorite restaurant in Atlanta).  Guess what her signature dish is: a version of my little biscuit!  Granted, Koslow is much more resourceful, but she has the same concept.  Her version is quite decadent: rye toast, ricotta cheese, and raspberry jam.  YUM!
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Cleaning tips for tricky containers

June 18th, 2014 No Comments

 

BOTTLES + VASES w/small openings:  To clean them, fill with water and drop in a tab of denture cleaner.  Let it sit overnight.  Shake water and rinse.  To dry, roll up  a paper towel and stick it in 3/4 of the way down.  The towel will collect the moisture.

DECANTER: Simply rinse with warm soapy water and then use above paper towel trick.

VOTIVES: When a votive has burned out in its holder, put the holder in the freezer.  The wax should shrink and you can pull it out easily.

GRINDER: Send a hard piece of white bread through to collect and push out old spices.

CAST IRON SKILLET: Soap is a no-no, so use coarse sea salt and a soft sponge to scrub out remaining food and preserve its seasoning.

REGULAR PANS: If you need to remove burned food, fill it with soapy water and add a dryer sheet.  Let it sit overnight then wipe it away easily the next morning.

LABELS: If you want to reuse a jar with a label, let it soak in a warm soap water then use the backside of a knife to easily scrape away the label and glue.

COPPER: All you need is lemon and coarse salt.  Cut the lemon in half, apply salt, scrub away.

(Tips gathered from life experience and the domestic goddess herself, Martha Stewart. All images link back to source.)

 

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Never wear an iPhone arm band again!

June 17th, 2014 2 Comments

I can’t stand wearing those iPhone armbands when I go for a run or workout in the gym.  Reluctantly, I slide my phone into the waistband of my pants or the strap of my bra.  No, I don’t care how weird it looks.  This solution is much more comfortable than those arm bands.

Thankfully there is a new solution on the market: The FlipBelt.

 

GENIUS in my opinion:

  • FUNCTIONAL: holds all of my stuff w/access for my earbuds to come out.
  • FITS TIGHT: spandex lycra blended belt sizes range from XS – XL
  • FASHIONABLE: comes in 10 colors and looks like part of your workout pants
  • AFFORDABLE: $29

Buy one online here.

Here’s a video intro.  A little lo-pro, but they have to start somewhere!

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Content and confused. That’s just won’t fly.

June 4th, 2014 1 Comment

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Two things happened yesterday:

  1. A longtime reader recognized Mason and I in Toluca Lake.
  2. Leven and I caught up on her return to NYC after settling in with the love of her life.

Seemingly, these two occurrences have nothing in common.  For me, after only a couple minutes of reflection, they were like headlights pointing straight into my soul.

Barbara, the reader, said she has been a fan of MTM for a long time and makes my recipes often (the granola protein bars specifically).  I apologized for not blogging as much lately to which she acknowledged my absence.  My heart sank at that moment…It’s a funny thing about a blog, sometimes you feel like you’re sharing experiences with everybody and other times you feel like you’re typing a journal for yourself.  These days I have to be honest, I don’t feel like I have a lot of exciting things to write about…And maybe that’s the point: why don’t I find my life exciting?  Thankfully, I can answer this question: I miss traveling and exploring new places.  However, I’m grateful for the beautiful life I do have at home and should find joy and satisfaction in sharing my simplicities.

Leven, has all of a sudden moved back to New York to be with the love of her life, Jim, an actor.  In your 20′s, life is about living on a whim and I couldn’t be happier she can do that.  When she spoke about Jim, she glowed and giggled but also showed her serious side.  When she articulates her concerns, she’s passionate and decisive in a very mature and practical way.  That’s how I know she’s truly in love with him.  And from what I can tell by his Facebook page, the feeling is mutual.  My heart sank for the second time.

I feel like these encounters should light a fire in my heart not extinguish any flame that was there.

Opportunities for “more” exist on every front in my life.  There are so many I think I’m confused about what to grab??  I wouldn’t say I feel defeated, I would say I feel like I don’t know exactly what is going to make me “happy.”

So that’s where I am….neither here nor there.  Content and confused.  Trying to figure it all out…..and when I look back and reflect on my behavior and choices, I see that I’m not saying “yes” or “no.”  Instead I’m just working in the moment.  For a type A, strong-willed, passionate woman, that just won’t fly.

 

 

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