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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tap Into Your Teenage Self With These 3 DIY Face Masks


I'm obsessed with Sisley's line of facial products. I especially love their express flower gel face mask pictured above. (I also love their global anti-age cream and their eye and lip contour cream.) But sadly (for me at least), the tiny 2.15 oz bottle above retails at $136 (and the face cream will set you back over $300). I've only tried these products because I happened to score some samples as part of a gift bag, and now, as I'm coming down to my final last drops, I'm panicking. (If my husband is reading this, he's probably panicking too).

Not to fear. Very recently, I've discovered some great recipes for DIY face masks. Now bear with me here if you're skeptical. I was too. The last time I tried a homemade face mask, I was in middle school at a sleepover cooking up concoctions from Seventeen magazine with my girlfriends. But, I'm coming full circle now, as I'm thinking more and more about that long-lost teenage skin (sigh).

Here are three DIY face masks that are awesome, awesome, awesome. And they provide the same benefits that brands like Sisley do. Just give 'em a try and, trust me, you'll be hooked.

Friday, June 29, 2012

For Anyone Who's Ever Had A Career Crisis

I love TED Talks. No matter my mood or what's going on in my life, I am always left incredibly inspired and genuinely happy after watching a TED Talk (well, this is true for most of the ones I've watched anyway). If you've never heard of TED or have never watched a TED Talk, get on board - especially with the one below. It's just great. In it, Alain de Botton (in a very engaging and hilarious way) talks about career crises and the perception of success in society today. It's quite relevant to me, since I'm in my early thirties now and finally asking myself the age old question - so what do I want to be when I grow up? If you've ever questioned your career path or your "success" in life or your future (who hasn't?), you should watch this video.


oxox roxy

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Healthy Homemade (Well Almost Homemade) Indian Dish

This is another adaptation of a Tara Stiles recipe - kale quinoa lentil curry. Right now I'm really digging her stuff because it's quick, easy, nutritious and seriously delicious. Quick is key (at least for me) because who really has time to cook these days? But the best part about this recipe is that it tastes like you've slaved away over a hot stove all day making a superb indian dish. The trick is this - the kale, quinoa and lentils are homemade, but the curry is from a jar. (Go ahead and gasp if you're way into making everything from scratch, but I just bought myself a good hour... which I well spend on my yoga mat... or watching the New Jersey Housewives).
Photo props to Tara Stiles (but my recipe adds lentils as well)
Here's the recipe -

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Inspired.

Feel. Smile. Listen. Accept. Do. Appreciate. Love. Could it be this easy?


oxox roxy

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wanderlust Recap

Here are just a few pictures from my fabulous weekend in Stratton, Vermont at Wanderlust. No, it's not the new Jennifer Aniston movie about a nudist hippie commune. But close. It's a yoga and music festival co-created by Schuyler Grant (the founder of Kula Yoga Project) and it's an incredible amount of fun, delicious (and wonderfully healthy) food, great yoga taught by world renowned yoga teachers and chill music bundled up into four days in the mountains. I was like a kid in a candy store all weekend, wandering through the village, checking out all the booths (food, jewelry, art, tarot card readings, henna, thai massage, yoga gear, yoga clothes), getting my hair braided, doning fake tattoos (which I incidentally cannot wash off and they read "Exhale Only Love" and "peace paz shanti"), getting "gonged," watching people hula hoop and do yoga at the same time, listening to inspiring talks, and, of course, spending a lot of time on my mat practicing yoga. I highly, highly recommend it. There are three more Wanderlust festivals this summer in Colorado (Copper Mountain), Northern California (Squaw Valley) and Whistler, Canada - so if you happen to live nearby, check it out. Otherwise, put it on your calendar for next year.


And check out this video, which pretty much sums up the Wanderlust experience (courtesy of the Wanderlust organization):


oxox roxy

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Loving Life at Wanderlust

Heeeeellooooo from Wanderlust Festival - the raddest yoga slash music festival around! One of my besties from teacher training and I decided to make the trek up to Stratton, Vermont to partake in the yoga and wellness festivities that have taken over this town this weekend. Everywhere I look, I see yoga mats, Hyde and Lululemon, braids and feathers, aluminum water bottles and smiling facing (yes, it's a hippie heaven)! We're up here in the mountains enjoying the fresh air, basking in the glorius sun, eating delicious organic, locally sourced food, taking classes from some of the best yoga teachers in the country and listening to some great live sets come sundown. Life feels pretty good right about now...

Seane Corn's class this morning
Happy weekend!

oxox roxy

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Spicy Sweet Summer Salad That Packs a Nutritious Punch

Bon Appetit magazine is my bible when it comes to cooking. Any time I entertain, I turn to it. And, trust me, I have never gone wrong with a recipe a la Bon Appetit - of course, that's because a lot of their creations are ultra decadent (read: not very healthy) and almost sinfully divine.

But, alas, I stumbled upon the best of both worlds flipping through this month's issue. The black rice salad pictured below is a perfect combination of spicy and sweet, and of nutritious and delicious. And it tastes so good, it's hard to believe it's good for you (did I just steal someone's product slogan?).

Photo props to Bon Appetit
Here's the recipe (Caveat: I'm big on simplifying recipes so the one below is altered for ease of preparation - and to add a lot of extra peanuts. But it only cuts out the pain-in-the-butt and, in my mind, unnecessary steps, but none of the good stuff, I promise) -

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Inspired.

Okay, so I may have stolen this from this month's Vanity Fair, but I've always really loved this Jack Kerouac quote from On the Road. . .

Lululemon Murder Tale Turned Into Next Best Seller?

Lulu-whaaaaaaat?

Have you heard about the horrific murder that took place two years ago at a Lululemon store in Bethesda, Maryland? If not, you'll soon be able to read about all the gruesome details in paperback.

According to the Washington Post, one of their very own reporters, Dan Morse, who has covered the bizarre unfolding of events relating to this tragedy for the past two years, just signed a book deal with Penguin to tell this truly macabre tale.

Very briefly (and vaguely), here's what happened...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Most Amazing Nature Video You'll Ever See

This is a YouTube oldie, but true goodie. If you've never seen the Battle at Kruger, you should definitely make some time today to check it out. It's an amateur video Jason275 (per YouTube - no idea who this guy is) took while on safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park. It captures a truly epic battle between a pride of lions, a pack of buffalo and a crocodile, all duking it out for one small prize - a baby buffalo. It's an amazing representation of courage, strength, love and perseverance in nature.

(Side note - the video runs for about 8 1/2 minutes, so you really have to invest some time. I know, I know, to think of all the internet browsing you could be doing in 8 minutes. But, I promise you, it's a worthwhile investment.)



oxox roxy

Monday, June 18, 2012

Inspired.



My answer: I would start a wellness blog.

What's yours?

oxox roxy

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day


"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." - Mark Twain
"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week." - Mario Cuomo
Happy father's day!
oxox roxy

Gear Obsessions: The Perfect Yoga Travel Mat

My new favorite travel mat - Manduka eKO SuperLite Mat
If you practice yoga, you need a good yoga travel mat - for obvious reasons and for perhaps not-so-obvious ones, which I'll explain...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Peace.

Happy Saturday!

oxox roxy

Friday, June 15, 2012

Conscious Cravings: 5 Ice Creams That Won't Leave You With Eater's Remorse

My mother-in-law bought me a subscription to Whole Living for my birthday (such a sweet and thoughtful gift - thanks Mom T!) and I devour every issue. In this month's issue, the editors published a list of some delectable healthy riffs on everyone's favorite summertime treat - ice cream. And since I'm gearing up to enjoy (survive?) a 90+ degree weekend here in Chicago, these bad boys are already at the forefront of my mind.




1. Coconut Bliss Ginger Cookie Caramel (ummm... do I even need to say more??) - Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and made with agave syrup instead of sugar. Check out Coconut Bliss's entire line of flavors here - there's about 10 of them I am dying to try.








2. Good Karma Organic Rice Divine Carrot Cake (I like the name!) - Dairy-free, gluten-free and made with sweet organic carrot juice, organic raisins, organic nutmeg and pieces of actual cake (gluten free cake, that is). I like what this company's got going on, and their tagline is "everybody needs good karma." LOVE it!!






3. So Delicious Coconut Milk Mint Chip - Dairy-free, no sugar added (only 1 gram of sugar per 1/2-cup serving) and oh-so-creamy and delicious. This is definitely one of my favorites. It tastes like real mint chocolate chip ice cream (I swear), without the guilt of course.







4. Stonyfield Organic Oikos Honey Nonfat Greek Frozen Yogurt - Organic, nonfat, deliciously tart and packed with protein. If you love greek yogurt, you'll love this frozen yogurt treat.




5. Laloo's Deep Chocolate Goat's Milk Ice Cream - Okay, this is on the less healthy side of the spectrum, but why not go out with a bang, right? This ice cream's rich and decadent and make with acclaimed Scharffen Berger dark chocolate. But, here's the good news - because it's made with goat's milk, it carries half the fat of regular cow's milk ice cream.
Happy and healthy eating!

oxox roxy

Inspired.

Right on, Martin Luther King Jr.!


Happy first steps!

oxox roxy

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inspired. (This Video Will Make You Cry)

Take a short time out from your probably hectic day today to watch this video. It's pretty inspiring. But grab a tissue because it's a tearjerker - at least for me it was (I think part of it has to do with the Coldplay song playing in the background... gets me every time).

Happy morning!

oxox roxy


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Staying Calm and Carrying On at 22,000 Feet

Flying into Chicago today
I'm terrified of flying. Crazy terrified. And, lo and behold, I'm currently writing this blog post from 22,000 feet in the air on my way to Chicago for work...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Is This Place for Real?

Holy apartment building amenities! Could you imagine living in a luxury apartment building with a Jivamukti yoga studio, spin studio and Olympic-sized swimming pool on site, which also offers in-house nutrition counseling, 24-hour room service from the building's very own juice/vegan food bar, "organic" laundry services and even spa services including cranial sacral therapy (cranial what? check out the Wiki low down here)? Have I died and gone to heathy living heaven? For me, this is definitely a pipe dream. But for some lucky bastards (and I use this as a term of utmost endearment), this will soon become a reality.

According to DNAinfo.com, the Madison Jackson (incidentally, they could use a better website designer) is a new 110-unit luxury apartment building which boasts all of the above and more and will soon open its doors on the Lower East Side - 371 Madison Street to be exact. Open house adventure anyone?

Happy real estate dreaming!

oxox Roxy


Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Healthy Eats Favorite: Raw Kale Salad

I definitely have to give a shout out to "rebel yogi" slash seriously awesome chick Tara Stiles (of Strala Yoga fame, among other things) for my new weekday lunch obsession. Many of the recipes I came across on Tara's food blog (check it out here) inspired this new crunchy creation - raw kale salad with red onions, red bell peppers, sesame seeds and hummus dressing. It's super easy to make (takes about all of 5 minutes), it's crazy nutritious (kale has zero fat, helps prevent cancer, is packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and K and much, much more you can read about here) and, most importantly, it's ridiculously delish.


Here's the recipe -

Friday, June 8, 2012

Yoga Studio Review: Kula Yoga Project

I figure it wouldn't be right to start off my yoga blog with anything other than paying homage to my go-to neighborhood yoga studio in New York City.  If you live in New York and you practice yoga, you've probably heard of Kula Yoga Project. If the name doesn't ring a bell and you have even just an iota of love for the vinyasa practice, you better get your sweet behind down to Tribeca or Williamsburg and check it out!  The studio's "Kula Flow" classes will have you dripping with sweat, floating through the air (literally and figuratively) and moving in a way you never thought you could move.  And a when it's all done, you'll be left just plain old loving life.

I started practicing at Kula a little over a year ago and here's what really struck me about the studio (besides the crazy hand-standers in the front of the room who seemingly spend the majority of the class inverted... side note: if you do take my advice, which you should, and hit up Kula, don't be intimidated or put off by the front row "gunner" yogis... they're just there, doing what they love, much like we are) - but, I digress. What strikes me about Kula is that every class, regardless of the teacher, is legitimately great and leaves you feeling like a million bucks. Each teacher has his or her own style, of course, but all the classes are intelligently and creatively sequenced, physically challenging (but not overwhelming so... just enough to get you working your edge) and, most importantly, FUN. There's a strong emphasis on safe and precise alignment (and the alignment cues given are quite specific and pretty insightful) and there's just generally a happy, laid-back, warm and friendly vibe permeating the studio. It's a pretty special place.

Happy practicing!

oxox roxy