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I'M HAPPY... 11 Mar 2014


A few things that are making me happy:  Lithe Foods reformulated and very refreshing Bunny Detox: Orange, Carrot, Celery & Lime (de-bloating & anti-aging) is in-studios this Wednesday & Friday!  Floral designs by Sullivan Owen, Recyled Imports Overnighter bag, Pierre Berge's A Moroccan Passion, Post-Lithe steam showers at Rittenhouse do wonders for my mood and my skin, and the perfectly sheer La Dolce Vita by Nars.

Images via brand websites. Crazy steam room selfie and juice image via Lauren


Sayeh at Resolve to Reach!
So last Wednesday night, I put on a little lip stick (a nude shade by Hourglass that I'm currently obsessed with), ran my fingers through my hair and tried to zhuzz up my post-work self as best I could and headed to Lithe's Resolve to Reach party, and I'm so glad I did. It's no secret that I'm in need of motivation these days. Motivation to eat better. Motivation to get myself to class. Motivation...in general. 

So when I arrived at the Old City outpost, and was directed to the big studio where I could already see a great deal of hustle and bustle, I got immediately happy to be back on Planet Lithe. It was so nice to see fellow Lithers and instructors--but out of our normal athletic context. Stylish, understated outfits. Long lashes. Lip gloss. Hair down. Everyone looked fabulous. There were hugs. Exclamations of not recognizing one another in our street clothes. We munched on gluten free Pure Fare, checked out Bradamant, and sipped some champy while catching up with some and getting to know others. Walking on the hardwood floor normally reserved for bare feet and mats doused with tea tree oil in my boots felt wrong, but everything else was right. 

A mini photo studio was set up in the back, and we were encouraged to set some goals for ourselves and take pictures with the small signs we made. Goals about anything. Not just fitness. Some resolved to get more sleep. Some resolved to spend more time with friends and family. I resolved, as you can see above, to: eat clean and stop spazzing. Given my donut episode of recent weeks, we all know why the clean eating part. The stop spazzing part refers to...well everything. I am given to the spazz. Not like the spazzing out ON people where I freak out and throw things. When I refer to spazzing, I'm talking the nonstop internal freak out dialogue I have going on with myself. 

Why do I lose everything? Why did I eat that donut? Why can't I go to class as much as I used to? Is this turbulence actually the result of a major failure in modern aviation? Do I have something in my teeth? My lips are really dry. I'm so cold. I think I want to go ombre with my hair. Is ombre out? Is that guy following me? 

You get the idea. So this year, I resolve to get out of my head, be mindful, go easy on myself and allow for the ebbs and flow in motivation that are par for the course when it comes to me and...well everything. And it was so nice to see other people's goals and to feel reassured that I'm not the only person that has struggles. I will be checking in with some of my fellow resolvers throughout the year to see how they are doing in reaching for their goals while I try to reach for mine. 

In the meantime, go go Gadget arms!

See you in class!

WHAT A GIRL WANTS! 20 Dec 2013

  What a girl wants

Guys, you have 6 shopping days left.  Here's a thing or two that she'll really love:  1. The gift of Lithe for all things Lithe (workouts, clothing, gear, juice and food). 2. Anything (and I mean anything) from Third St. Habit  3. Fragrance by Fragonard (Belle De Nuit and Soliel are my current favorites - buy at Millesime), 4. Pharrell's book. 5. Brooke Holloway's provocative art (trust me).  6. Uber gifts to get her to and from Lithe in the cold.  7. A healthy clean home with bundles from The Honest Company.

Images via brand websites and Brooke's medium paper collage via BH

RESOLVE TO REACH IN 2014! 19 Dec 2013


You're invited to Resolve to Reach in 2014 with Lithe & Bradamant!

Nothing is impossible.  Lithe is all about empowering Lithers and keeping them inspired to reach their goals.  With the new year ahead, we are excited to join forces with Bradamant to cohost a party where Lithers can "Resolve to Reach" their 2014 fit, hip, healthy goals!
Lithe Founder, Lauren Boggi, Instructors, and Staff will be on hand to answer questions, motivate, and guide you toward reaching your goals. Exclusive Resolve to Reach Lithe packages and giveaway opportunities will be available only to party goers!
Bradamant's bodysuits keep you tucked in and confident all day, so you can leave your comfort zone and aim higher.  Tamar Daniel, Bradamant's designer, will be on site with exclusive preview of Bradamant Spring Styles to view, and the opportunity to preshop spring at discount prices. 
You will also enjoy healthy snacks and goodies from Pure Fare throughout the evening!



Have you seen her?  Talk about having a radient glow!  Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby and I were recently chatting about beauty rituals, and I quickly realized that not only is she the picture of health, she is a product junkie with a real passion for beauty and skin care.  She shares her 5 staples for getting that glowing aura:

1. Flax Seed-My mornings start with flaxseeds; the high fiber content gives me energy and keeps me full on those rushed mornings. I use ground flaxseed in smoothies, oatmeal, and quinoa porridge. The omega-3s have the added benefit of supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails. For the curly haired girls-after your leave in conditioner, rub a pea sized amount of little flax oil in your hair. It will lock in moisture without weighing down curls or appearing oily.

2. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment-I started using this face mask three months ago and can't stop raving about it. This face mask uses microbeads and fruit enzymes (papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin) to gently buff away dead skin cells. A little goes a long way! Have you ever had dry skin after using a face mask? ExfoliKate has honey and vitamin E to combat dryness. This mask gives my combination/oily skin a nice rosy glow and overall smooth appearance. Honestly, this two minute face mask blows away some of the facials I've had! Pro tip: use it in the shower when your pores are already open, and use a face oil afterwards to really lock in moisture during those dry winter months.

3. Tumeric Tea-I got into using turmeric after cooking different lentil based recipes. The earthy, yet peppery turmeric root is speculated to be a natural anti-inflammatory; I think it to help me unwind after a busy day. Heidi Swanson's blog, 101 Cookbooks, has a more exact recipe for turmeric tea. I eyeball it by placing one spoonful of honey and a couple of healthy pinches of turmeric in a mug. Stir until it makes a paste, then pour hot water over the mixture. It's really fun to experiment with different flavors-my go to is adding ginger and lemon. Sometimes, I add cinnamon and nutmeg to the base for a hot apple cider taste.

4. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer-My main skin concern is uneven complexion. Until about a year ago, I had frequent breakouts; now those acne scars have turned into dark spots. While daily use of sunscreen certainly helps fade some spots, others are more stubborn. At night, I use this Perricone moisturizer with antioxidants and vitamin C to even out skin tone. It's lightweight, yet immensely hydrating; no greasy residue here!

5. Ginger Root- Ginger is one of my favorite spices! There's something calming about ginger-it helps with digestion, aids circulation, and supports the immune system. I always have this root on hand in the kitchen.

Images via google, brand websites, 101 cookbooks (adapted for FHH) and Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby in LA via Ashton


Lauren Boggi's Beauty Secrets

You've asked and I'm spilling it!  I credit Lithe and eating well to keep me looking and feeling my best, but here are my 7 secrets that keep my skin fresh and glowy:  1.  I start my mornings off with dry brushing  2.  I eat sauteed Rainbow Chard everyday  3.  Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer  4.   Fo - Ti from Julie   5.  Josie Maran argan oil  6. RMS Living Luminizer on my cheekbones and eyes makes me look bright eyed and bushy-tailed when I'm everything but! 7.  My superfood smoothies (coming soon via Lithe Foods!) put extra pep in my step and keep my immunity on-point.

ME ON MONDAY (MUSINGS ON 36) 25 Nov 2013

Lauren Boggi

Today is my 36th birthday.  I've never really been big into birthdays, they always feel like any other day to me.  Last week someone reminded me that my birthday was approaching, which got me thinking a little about age and aging.  Last weekend, someone asked me how old I was going to be and I couldn't remember. Like, I had to think about it and do the math.  I stopped counting at 27. 

I've considered myself lucky that I've always looked young for my age and being petite plays a big part in that.  In fact, if I wear no makeup, pull my hair back and wear flats, I can appear as young as 14.  So, I've never lied about my age or tried to act coy about it (except for those two years at USC that I used that horrible fake Michigan ID that got me into all the bars at Five Points). BUT, today is the first time that I feel a tad bit strange about saying my age out loud.  Thirrttie-sixx.  Don't get me wrong, I've loved my thirties and I wouldn’t go back to my twenties if you paid me, but, today feels different.  I think that it feels different because I'm firmly nestled into my thirties now.  I have a husband, a kid, and a whole lot of responsibility that comes with adulthood.  And, I hate all the adult-ness that comes with responsibility.  It makes me feel all rooted and I'd much rather be floating.   

I've always been all about age positivity.  Like, I never understood why some people say that they can't Lithe because they are 40.  That makes absolutely no sense to me.  When I was 27, I read that women reach their physical peak at age 36.  I held on to that and I truly believe that now.  Word is bond.  I don't think there is a certain age that we turn “old”; I think we decide what “old” means.  Being "old" is totally relative, and it’s forever shifting. 

I may be older on paper, but I have more energy, more "life" in me today than I did when I was 27.  I drink less, I Lithe just as much as I did in my 20's (although I Lithe smarter, now), I eat and drink my greens, I sleep waaay more. I take far better care of myself now and it shows—I look and feel better now than I did at 27. 

The biggest differences between now and then are pretty inarticulate—My room is still a mess, I'm still "all over the place" as people like to say, and I’ll still stay for one more drink, and I'll dance on the bar.  But, today I know that I'm older because some things have definitely changed:  I haven't been carded in the past year, the people at Whole Foods now refer to me as ma'am, and my right knee crunches when I gain a few pounds.  Other than that, I don't feel a day older than 27. 

So, thank you to all of you who sent me birthday wishes today.  I even got a few texts/emails that made me laugh out loud:  "Happy Birthday Lauren, today is the first day of the rest of your life; Laur, you’re only as old as you feel, and happy thirty-six years young"!  Ha! I say bring on the 36, I can't wait to see what I can accomplish before 37 kicks you out!  Cheers, everyone!

Image of Lauren Boggi via Jordan

“Bring it on, 36.  I’m excited to see you and I can’t wait to be a part of what you and I accomplish before 37 kicks you out.” - See more at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2012/06/13/turning-36-and-the-decade-thats-beginning-to-define-me/#sthash.UACEAfmb.dpuf



“Bring it on, 36.  I’m excited to see you and I can’t wait to be a part of what you and I accomplish before 37 kicks you out.” - See more at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2012/06/13/turning-36-and-the-decade-thats-beginning-to-define-me/#sthash.UACEAfmb.dpuf


Happy Friday, Lithers!  This week's giveaway comes to us from my good friend Julie Schwartz, M.S., L.OM. of Julie Heals. Julie has been my acupuncturist and herbal guru go-to since 2007.  She has shortened the healing time of muscles in spasm, turned Mars from his breech position at 38.5 weeks with acupuncture/moxibustion, and helps me monthly with stress management.  
Julie is giving away an acupuncture session (valued at $99 each) to two lucky winners!  Each session with Julie includes a complete health history, tongue and pulse evaluation, Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, and acupuncture.  For a chance to win one of the two prizes, please leave a comment below telling us why YOU need a session with Julie!  Two winners will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!
In addition, Julie would like to extend a special offer to all Lithers:  30% off at her Bala Cynwyd location through the end of this year!



RIGHT NOW 4 Nov 2013


1.  Le Labo Santal 33 is intoxicating and memorable 2.  I'm purseless during the week and Clare Vivier's fannypack is cooler and better than pocketing my essentials.  3.  Mociun 4.  Jonathan Adler's Champagne candle is all pop.  5.  Christopher Wool exhibition at the Guggenheim.  6.  These fresh kicks from Nike.



Happy Friday, Lithers!  This week's giveaway comes to us from Architeqt Salon & Gallery, a Best of Philly and Best of Style winner in 2013.  Architeqt's owner, Alexey Kats, is giving away one dry cut and L'Oreal power dose treatment or semi-permanent gloss (valued at $110)!  Architeqt is one of the few salons in Philadelphia to utilize the Dry Cut method, and Alexey has developed his own line of tools to achieve the perfect cut.  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why YOU want to win!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!

In addition, Architeqt would like to extend a special offer to Lithers for the month of November: receive a complimentary blow dry on Mondays with any product purchase!

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