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33 posts from September 2013

SEASONAL SKINNY DIPPIN' 30 Sep 2013

Dippin

I love dips.  This lovely late summer recipe came from an Italian friend from South Philly via my sister-in-law, Laurie G.  Laurie whipped this one up on the boat while we were sailing in August.  I typically don't like anchovies, but I fell in love with this recipe.  Tomatoes are still in-season so grab em while they're still at their peak.  Depending on the crowd, you can use regular bread, gluten free bread, boston lettuce, zucchini, corn chips, or pita to scoop up this delicious dip.  Guess what?  It's also really phenomenal over pasta. 

Ingredients:  Tomatoes, black olives (oil cured), garlic, pepper flakes, anchovies, capers, basil and olive oil. 

To do:  Chop & mix together!

Image via Lauren

ME ON MONDAY (FREE SPIRITED) 30 Sep 2013

MOCCASSINS

For me, fall = moccasins.  They're comfy, soft, and so fun to wear.  I've collected many pairs over the past 20 or so years:  OTK boot moccasins, high heeled moccassins, lace up moccasins, beret moccasins, sperry type moccasins, and my beloved ankle booties from AITA (above).  Anyone love them as much as I do?  Feels like you're walking on sunshine. 

Image of Lauren via Lauren

NEWBIE? HERE'S THE 411 POST-101! 28 Sep 2013

Welcome to Lithe post-101

Taking advantage of our free Lithe 101's during the month of October?  Here's a guide to help you have the best experience post-101!

Image of Lithe Instructors Kelly Wong and Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 27 Sep 2013

Adolf Biecker

Happy Friday, lucky Lithers!  In celebration of their beautiful, brand new Sansom Street facility at 1605 Sansom St., Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon is giving away one $100 gift card to any of their salons!   For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why YOU need to visit this luxurious Philly tradition!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter.  One entry per person.  Good luck!

The brand new 7,000 square foot Sansom St. facility hosts both a full service salon and a tranquil spa, as well as a full line of Aveda products. Adolf Biecker and its parent company, Jean Madeline Salons, have been in business in the Philadelphia region for over 80 years.  In addition to the new Sansom Street location, they have salons in Strafford, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, and University City. 

In addition, Adolf Biecker would like to extend a special discount to Lithers: 20% off any one salon or spa service per guest until the end of the year at the new Sansom Street location in Center City. Lithers, to redeem your discount, just mention Lithe upon booking!

LITHE ON LOCATION! 26 Sep 2013

lithe on location China
Lither Cristina Byce spent the summer backpacking through China and unfortunately had to take a hiatus from Lithe, but she did manage to squeeze in a few lunges on the Great Wall of China!  This is awesome, Cristina!  What a view, great form, and way to get low!

2013 LITHE FALL CHALLENGE! 25 Sep 2013

Challenge

It's Fall Challenge time!  Get motivated and get #lithein35!  Just as the going gets tough, we challenge you to focus on you pre-holidays. 

How?  Complete 30 classes in 35 days from October 13th through November 16th and receive a promo code for 20% off of a monthly membership. 

Ultra Lithe Bonus:  A grand prize (one monthly membership) will also be rewarded via social media participation using our #lithein35 hashtag.  Lets inspire each other!  Show off your progress, inspiration, results, and anything #lithein35 related on FB, Instagram, and Twitter! 

Are you in? Sign up right here!  Sign-up is required by October 11 @5PM to qualify for the challenge discount & grand prize.

Image of Lithe Instructor (retired) Nicole Sewall via Dom

25 THINGS {BY SAYEH}! 25 Sep 2013

Catk
I knew Cat Kiernan was the real thing when one of my closest friends, who has been Lithing since Lauren had 1 small studio in Northern Liberties and taught all the classes herself, texted me after a class with Cat to rave about what a good instructor she was. This friend lights up when the class she's taking is taught by Cat. This is high praise coming from her, as she is a vet and discerning when it comes to her instructors. I signed up to take Dutch with Cat not too long after, and of course my friend was right. Cat knows her stuff and isn't afraid to push you. This week, she tells us 25 things about herself that you're sure to enjoy. 
  1. I was a neuroscience major for my first 2 ½ years of college, switched to political science, and am now in my last year of law school.
  2. I absolutely love animals and have owned all different kinds of pets over the years.  I’ve had hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, and a bearded dragon. 
  3. I still have the most amazing group of close girlfriends from my hometown.  Some of us have been friends since elementary school, and even though we’ve all grown up, we still get along like no time has passed.
  4. I have a 2 ½ year old Border Collie/Labrador mix named Hercules who can always make me smile no matter how bad my day is.
  5. My boyfriend, Matt, and I have been living together for three amazing years.
  6. It’s both infuriating and amazingly comforting to date and live with another person in law school.
  7. I grew up with all boy cousins (10 of them!), so I got very good at video games at an early age. 
  8. I love to go out to eat (and the amazing Philly craft beer selection), but have recently started to learn how to cook and make it a goal to cook at least 4-5 times a week. 
  9. Unfortunately, I have never been out of the country!  Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the most exotic places so far, but I plan to save money and travel to Europe after law school.  Suggestions on places/things to do are totally welcome!
  10. I was an EMT from ages 16 to 19.  I would love to re-certify and volunteer again.
  11. Even though I no longer take ballet class, I constantly notice myself doing a variety of weird dance moves while waiting in line for food, the bank, or pretty much anything where I’m standing still. 
  12. I am inexplicably and irrationally afraid of flying bugs.  This past summer a cicada flew at my face and I dropped flat to the ground in less than a second.
  13. My 21-year-old sister can still go to any New Jersey beach for free because she’s 4’10”
  14. I always carry hand lotion in my bag/purse.  Nothing drives me crazier than dry hands. 
  15.  I’m doing a one year clerkship with a New Jersey judge next year, but I really hope to return to Philly afterwards!
  16. I went to Connecticut College for my freshman year of college and EVERYONE from New England made fun of my Jersey accent.
  17. Now that I’ve been in Philly for three years all of my north Jersey friends make fun of my Philly accent.
  18. This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to be a bridesmaid in my best friend’s swanky New York City wedding with all of my closest friends as bridesmaids.  The bridal party also did a surprise choreographed dance for everyone!
  19. When I was little, my mom and I would order Chinese food every Friday night and watch British comedies on public television. 
  20. My only tattoo is the phoenix I designed on my shoulder.  Part of the reason I got it was to serve as a permanent reminder of my creative/artsy side, no matter how corporate I get.  If I ever transitioned into a different line of work I’d probably get a couple more.
  21. I really wish I could sing and do backflips (separately). 
  22. Even though I’m socially shy, I love public speaking.
  23. I’m very impatient and being stuck inside all day makes me incredibly anxious.
  24. I have dyed my hair a ton of different colors.  My favorite was bright red (think the Little Mermaid) I had in college. 
  25. Lithe absolutely got me through my first year of law school.  No matter how stressed out I got, a tough ass-kicking Lithe class helped me sweat it all away.  Teaching or taking class, Lithe always pushes me to be the best I can!

Image of Cat & Hercules via Cat and Cat wearing Lithe via Dom

ASHTON OSBY! 23 Sep 2013

Ashton Osby

From: The Woodlands,Texas

Favorite City: Paris, France

Favorite Lithe Workout: Floored and Weightless

Favorite Lithe Exercise: Foldover work in Sweet Cheeks

How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team:  Ashton has phenomenal strength and great form.  She is sweet, friendly and commanding.  Ashton loves to challenge by making Lithers aware that they can always do better, get lower, and try harder.  She brings a very special uniqueness to her classes - You'll love the way she "dances" around the room while she teaches.  She really feels the music; her energy (and her laugh) is contagious!

Other Job: Researcher

Enjoys: Long brunches, tea, travel, anything with ginger in it, bike rides and runs along the Schuylkill, cooking with local, seasonal fruits and veggies found in her CSA, spicy food, and Lithing

What you wouldn't know by just looking at her:  For years Ashton supplemented her runs with yoga and Pilates. In June 2012, she wanted to kick up her fitness regime and on the recommendation of a coworker found Lithe! She loved perfect combination of cardio and sculpting and quickly became addicted to Lithe classes.  From grade school until her last year of graduate school, Ashton used heat and chemical treatments to straighten her naturally curly hair. Frustrated with her over-processed hair, she wanted to shave it all off and start over. Her hairstylist was skeptical, but agreed to cut her hair on the condition that she wait a week, then decide. One week later, Ashton left her damaged hair behind and has been embracing her curls ever since!

Out-take image of Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby via Lauren

LAUREN'S FALL STAPLES 23 Sep 2013

Lauren's Fall Staples

It's officially fall, and right now I'm living in:  Lily Aldridge for Velvet Ruby Army Jacket, Rory Beca tunics, Zannha Pop Up bag, Nina Z clogs, the Stiletto Jean by Current/Elliot and Lee Hale rose thorn studs (thanks, Jordan!). 

Images via brand websites

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 20 Sep 2013

Fit.Hip.Fridays

Happy Friday!  Fall begins this weekend and we're giving away a  Lithe Inspire pack!  This includes a 5 class card and a 30 minute session with Lithe Founder, Lauren Boggi!

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why YOU love to Lithe!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter.  Rules:  One entry per person.  Thank you, and good luck!

Image of Lithe Instructor Krista DeNofa via Dom

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