Friday Favorites



Etiquette Rules to Follow

We’re at the peak of summer and that means lots of socializing. Be it a wedding, a group dinner, a birthday party or a small initmate dinner, there are certain etiquette mistakes you’re most likely making.

Things to keep in mind whether you’re attending or throwing an event:

  1. Shaking hands: Do not shake hands when seated. Always stand (regardless of gender) to shake someone’s hand if they approach you when seated
  2. Glass with a stem: If it has a stem, this is where you should hold it
  3. Invitations: Don’t say “please RSVP”. You are saying the same thing (RSVP = répondez s’il vous plaît = please respond)
  4. Greeting someone: Sometimes is a handshake other times it’s one kiss (right cheek to right cheek) in USA. However, if you’re abroad it could be two or three depending on the country
  5. Guest of honor: If you’re throwing an event, remember that your guest of honor should sit to the right of the host(ess)
  6. End of a meal: Pinch your napkin in the middle and place to the left go your plate to signal you are finished eating

These simple reminder can help you make the best of impressions at all social functions 🙂



Rumble Boxing

One of my favorite parts about visiting NYC two months ago was taking a class at Rumble Boxing. I always love trying different workouts, so I figured why not try a boxing-inspired class during my birthday week. I follow Noah Neiman (cofounder of Rumble) on Instagram, and if you’re obsessed with all things Bravo like I am, once upon a time you saw him on Work Out New York. So naturally, I signed up for his class.

All I have to say about Noah is he is an AWESOME instructor and would take another class with him in a heartbeat the next time I am in NYC.

About the Rumble

  • Website: rumble-boxing.com
  • Location: 146 W 23rd St.
  • Price: $34 for 2 classes (new clients); $34 per class
  • Amenities: Filtered water, showers, towels, lockers
  • Gloves are available for $3 and wraps for $6

About the workout 

  • Incorporates boxing and strength training
  • Is a combination of HIIT and METCON
  • 45 minute long work broken into two parts: First half you’ll jab away at the tear-drop style, water filled bags. Second, you are at a designated station doing strength and conditioning exercises
  • Music is on point

Would I go back? Absolutely! Really hoping Rumble expands to the West Coast

 



Investment Pieces

Last year, I bought my first pair of Christian Louboutin heels. Adding the Pigalle Follies 100mm to my closet is a decision I don’t regret whatsoever. I’ve been fortunate enough to add a few other investment pieces to my closet over the years and I’m always looking for something else to add, but before doing so, I always ask myself the questions below:

  1. Is it timeless?
  2. What’s the cost per wear?
  3. Have I thought this through?
  4. Don’t settle
  5. What it is going to take to maintain?

Throughout my research I’ve found a list of investment pieces every woman should consider adding to her closet if she’s able to. I’m a big budgeter and don’t spend beyond by means, but every once in a while it’s nice to treat yourself.

  1. A tailored black blazer
  2. A little black dress
  3. A beautiful timepiece
  4. A handbag
  5. Signature jewelry
  6. A classic trench coat
  7. A pair of beautiful classic shoes


Lagree Fitness

Meet my new obsession: Lagree Fitness. While there are a few similarities between traditional pilates and Lagree Fitness, there’s quite a few differences that make LF that much harder and an overall better workout.

Here’s a list of things that make Lagree Fitness that much better than traditional pilates:

Machine: First and foremost the machines are different. The machine used in LF classes is called a megaformer, where a TP machine is called a reformer. The megaformer is wider and lighter and has adjustable handlebars for different exercises.

Timing: One of the biggest differences is the timing. Usually, exercises last from 1-2 minutes. Specially, exercises are usually slow movements and target slow twitch muscle fibers. Compared to TP which targets the fast twitch muscle fibers.

Reps: Typically, movements last for 4-6 seconds for 1-2 minutes. This continuous slow movement allows for you to really work and target your muscles throughout the entire class period.

Muscle focus: Exercises on the megaformer allow you to focus on certain or all muscle groups at once. While it does take a few classes to get the hang of things on the megaformer, it becomes so much easier once you do. The best thing about LF is that you can NEVER plateau, you can always take it to the next level.

Core: Every exercise includes using your core. Given that your core is your powerhouse, it makes sense that you have to use your core in each exercise. A lot of the exercises in LF challenge your stability, leading you to work on your core.



Met Gala 2017: Best Dressed Women

{Canda Swanepoel}

“Sistine Stallone}

{Laura Dern}

{Leslis Mann}

{Emily Ratajkowski}

{Diana Kruger}

{Miranda Kerr}

{Lupita Nyong’0}

{Brie Larson}

{Gwyneth Paltrow}

{Kate Hudson}

{Jessica Chastain}

{Blake Lively}



Met Gala 2017: Best Dressed Couples

{Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady}

{Hannah Bagshawe & Eddie Redmayne}

{James Corden & Julia Carey}

{Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds}

{Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez}

{Luciana Barroso & Matt Damon}

{Barry Diller & Diane Von Furstenberg}



My Favorite Immunity Boosters

During late 2015, I was getting sick what seemed like every other week. From horrible sore throats to 102 degree fevers, I was miserable for a good six months. I had two blood panels done, which both came back saying nothing was wrong. My doctor told me, I just have a weak immune system and need to take extra care of myself.

Even though I already eat really healthy (think vegetables, fruits, whole grains, water, tea,) there are a few things I add to my weekly food intake to make sure my immune system is in tip top share to ward off anything that could make me sick. I’m all about natural remedies! I even refuse to go to the doctor until I’ve tried my remedies for three days to see if I can kick whatever sickness I might have before having to resort to antibiotics.

These are some of the natural immunity boosters I use on a weekly basis:

Echinacea: From pill to liquid form, I have this in my pantry and take it a few times a week. Derived from the daisy family, it’s believed that echinacea can shorten the time you have a cold and reduce inflammation.

Ginger: If you know me, you know I love ginger. From ginger tea to ginger kombucha, can’t get enough of it. Which is a good thing, because it’s one of the best antioxidants and a great immune booster.

Turmeric: A great anti-inflammatory, making it another awesome immune booster. It helps ward off things that are foreign to your body.

Source Naturals – Wellness Formula: I found this gem through Instagram a year ago and have been obsessed ever since. It’s a powerful herbal formula that combines echinacea, elderberry, and goldensea.

Garlic: Be it raw (in my juices) or cooking a whole head with a little bit of olive oil, garlic is one of my go to’s when I’m starting to feel sick. Garlic is a germ fighter and helps keep your immune systems in tip top shape.

A few weeks ago I started feeling a little run down and came across this juice at my local juice bar: Can’t Afford To Get Sick

  • 1 large green apple
  • 2 ginger wedges (I like a lot)
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (Again, I like a lot)
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Teaspoon of honey


My Go-To Eye Care Products

The minute I turned 19 I made the conscious decision to start using anti-aging eye products. I continued to do so for three years and then for no reason at all, took a three-year hiatus. It wasn’t until I turned 25 started noticing some of those lovely lines (I see you crow’s feet) I immediately dialed up my dermatologist and asked what over the counter products I could start using again as a preventative method.

As with all anti-aging products, moisture and collagen are key ingredients to keep in mind, as these slowly diminish in your body over time. After a conversation with my dermatologist and some additional research, I came across two products that come highly recommended across the board: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream and Olay Eyes – Eye Lifting Serum. I usually go back and forth between the two, but these are the ONLY two products I will use. 

Peter Thomas Roth – Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches: Recently just bought these gems and really wondering why it took me soooo long to get them. They are literally amazing! My eyes felt instantly refreshed after using them..can’t wait to use them again this week.  

Sephora Collection – Eye Mask: My favorite is the rose mask; it brightens and is ultra-moisturizing  

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream: I use this every morning before putting my makeup on and every night before going bed.

Fun tip: Keep your pads / masks in the fridge and it will feel nice and cool when you apply.

Note: Any and all anti-aging things I do, are for preventative reasons! I have NEVER gotten Botox, but I’m not opposed to it or anything else down the line. I have had fillers once, and would do it again in a heartbeat. From my weekly peels, to my use of SPF 100, to using my ridiculous wide brimmed hats to not drinking, to weekly face masks / scrubs, to not drinking, everything I do is because it makes me feel good.



All Things Activated Charcoal

A few months ago, I was hating myself for over doing it on the champs consumption during my office holiday party and was looking for everything under the sun to help me get back to feeling normal.

Naturally, I headed to one of the juice bars across the street from my apartment and proceeded to order three ginger shots, a giant green juice and one of my favorite sandwiches. I thought all of the healthiness would get me feeling like my normal self again. And while it did, I still felt a little off.

Of course, I scoured the Internet for a way to eliminate the champs that was still floating throughout my system. And I did: Activated charcoal.

According to Dr. Axe, activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.

So I found a local juice bar that sells one of the many elixir forms in which this comes in and started feeling normal within a few hours. I did order a bag of charcoal from Amazon, to keep on hand for future cases like this.

Here are some of the benefits of drinking activated charcoal:

  • Energy boost
  • Cure a hangover (or at least ease it)
  • Powerful detoxer
  • Whitens teeth
  • Face mask
  • Alleviates bloating
  • Anti-again
  • Reduces high cholesterol

While I normally just drink this plain, one of my favorite recipes is the charcoal lemonade:

  • 8 oz. of water
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Tablespoon of charcoal
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or agave

I normally drink charcoal when I feel like I’ve indulged too much or am doing a rest, just to add that extra kick.

Enjoy!