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About Brianna

The Blonde Belle

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!



Clean Sleep

Every day I promise myself I’m going to go to bed earlier than the night before. And it NEVER happens. I’ve recently made a habit of shutting every electronic off by 10:00pm and picking up a book. This usually does the trick, I normally fall sleep 15 minutes in to reading. I find that calming my mind down before going to sleep helps me get the best night of sleep possible. While there is always that restless night of sleep, getting a good night of sleep is imperative to your health.

Our bodies heal, our immune systems get revitalized, hormones and metabolism is balances and overall maintenance take place during sleep. A good night’s sleep, not just once in a while, but on an ongoing basis, is absolutely critical for your good health.

Here are some tips to getting that best night of sleep courtesy of Goop:

Daytime: 

1. Wake Up Right

2. Take Mindfulness Breaks

3. Get Some Natural Sunlight Every Day

4. Exercise

5. Avoid Caffeine

6. Try an Elimination Diet

7. Eat In Accordance With Your Body Rhythms

8. Pay Attention to Your Medications

 

Night:

1. Create a Regular Routine

2. Keep the Room As Dark As Possible

3. Keep the Room Cool

4. Block Out Noise

5. Skip Sleeping Pills

6. Don’t Use Alcohol to Fall Asleep

7. Take Nutrients That Calm Down the Nervous System

8. Try Some Melatonin at Night



Best Dressed: Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2017

{Emily Ratajkowski}

{Molly Sims}

{Allison Williams}

{Kate Bosworth}

{Sofia Vergara}

{Rosie Huntington-Whiteley}

{Kate Hudson}

{Kate Upton}

{Ruth Negga}

{Jennifer Aniston}



Best Dressed Women: 89th Academy Awards

{Viola Davis – Armani Privé}

{Halle Berry – Atelier Versace}

{Brie Larson – Oscar de la Renta}

{Jessica Biel – KaufmanFranco}

{Tara P. Henson – Alberta Ferretti}

{Emma Stone – Givenchy Haute Couture}

{Amy Adams – Tom Ford}

{Nicole Kidman – Armani Privé}

{Kirsten Dunst – Dior Haute Couture}

{Alicia Vikander – Louis Vuitton}

 

 



Best Dressed Men: 89th Academy Awards

{Josh Dallas}

{Ryan Gosling}

{Chris Evans}

{Mahershala Ali}

{Andrew Garfield}

{John Legend}

{Justin Timberlake}