146 posts categorized " Beauty "

LITHE MANI 26 Mar 2015

Lithe Mani

Loving this range of Lithe Blue (Pantone 5435). Stay tuned to find out where it's available in Philly!

CHARCOAL LEMONADE! 21 Mar 2015

Charcoal Lemonade

The new juice that everyone is going gaga for is our Charcoal Lemonade! You all went crazy for it after trying it in our four-day Eating Lithe detox, so we'll be keeping it in stock on a semi-regular basis. 

Activated charcoal is made by burning a source of carbon (we use coconut shells) at a high temperature, which removes oxygen. Many claim that activated charcoal essentially becomes a natural magnet for toxins (pesticides, dioxins on fish from contaminated waters, and even neurotoxins from mold) in your digestive tract. Activated charcoal is nothing new. Your Brita water is filled with it and hospitals use it for patients who have been exposed to toxins or who have overdosed on drugs.

There's many benefits to consuming it (in moderation, of course). It helps the body detox from processed food and environmental pollution, relieves digestive issues like gas and bloating, and gets rid of bad breath and body odor. Plenty of people also swear that activated charcoal is a hangover cure and love its anti-aging and beautifying effects. 

Ingredients: Activated coconut charcoal, lemon, alkaline water, local maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt  Price: $10

DAILY DETOX SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE {DAY 1} 17 Mar 2015

Goji+Rose

Are you detoxing with us? Have you tried your Lithe Foods Day 1 Rose + Goji Superfood Smoothie? I make this smoothie regularly and I'm so happy that we were able to include it in our detox plan. Rose and goji berries create a powerful balancing elixir for the heart that has the potential to open you to the vibe of happiness and love. Enjoy and read up on the benefits.

Rose is considered a heart tonic in the ancient system of Ayurveda. It soothes the heart and emotions and bestows balance. Rose also has a beautifying effect, soothing inflammation of the skin and increasing its glow. When buying rose water for culinary use, make sure that it's high quality and preferably organic. Most roses are heavily sprayed with pesticides. 

Goji berries belong to a class of Chinese herbs that are known as “superior tonics.” This means that they can be taken regularly over long periods of time to preserve health and youthfulness. Goji is known as the “happy berry” and reportedly gives a sense of well-being and calm. Goji’s list of benefits are astounding. Heart health and beautiful, radiant skin are among them. Goji berries are also nutritional power houses that have more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, and more beta carotene than carrots. They contain a host of trace minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants. And they are a complete protein (yes!). 

Image via Lauren

RIGHT NOW... 11 Mar 2015

RIght Now

1. We're building our Lithe Foods pantry and are excited to offer you some of the more obscure items that I've been using in my smoothies/tea/soups for years now. Ashwagandha is an everyday staple for me.  2. I'm counting the days until Lithe Escape and loving this Harvey Faircloth Irie sweatshirt.  3. Dr-Cow's Aged cashew & blue green algae is my favorite cheese alternative.  4. Drill Design x Mizutori's Geta Sandal in nude (and black!) is supportive and absolutely perfect for spring.  5. Ro's Argan Body Conditioner by Lush is like a super-hydrating shower smoothie for your skin. It saves you time, smells divine, and there's no need for lotion!

Images via brand websites

LITHE'S EATING LITHE SPRING DETOX! 8 Mar 2015

Detox

We're so thrilled to announce that we have the ultimate plan for you just in time for spring. Learn better habits while getting that Lithe glow (and body) with our Eating Lithe Detox. Our four-day detox is a collection of wellness staples, tonics, and remedies to cultivate inner and outer radiance. By implementing superfoods, adaptogenic herbs, Lithed-Up salads, and medicinal teas, you’ll achieve Lithe Inside. 

EATING LITHE DETOX:  Four days • 1300 calories/day • Vegan • $300

Download Lithe Detox Menu

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Thursday, March 12 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day 1 and 2, pick up on Tuesday, March 17 from 6AM-8PM. 
-Day 3 and 4, pick up on Thursday, March 19 from 6AM-8PM. 

LITHE SLIMMING BROTH 25 Feb 2015

Lithe Broth 1

Feeling under the weather?  This is liquid sunshine.  Our veggie version of bone broth is mineral-rich super-broth is a delicious, filling snack that also supplies healing nutrients and alkalizes your system, making it easier to detoxify, lose weight, and feel fantastic. This recipe can be varied according to taste.

Ingredients
3 quarts water
1 large onion, halved
2 carrots, sliced
2 cups chopped kale and parsley
2 celery stalks
1 tsp. turmeric
1 clove whole garlic (don't chop or crush)
Bragg's Liquid Aminos or sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh dried shiitake mushrooms

Put ingredients into a pot and place on a low boil for approximately 60 minutes. Continue to boil to taste. Cool, strain (I prefer to eat the cooked veggies), and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Re-heat and drink up to 3–4 cups a day.

Nutrition facts per serving 
Strained: 5 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates   
With veggies: 60 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates
 
Image via Lauren

FREE PEOPLE #FPLETSMOVE & LITHE! 2 Feb 2015

Building 25 Blog FP @Lithe FPMovement-Lithe-32

Check out BLDG 25 for a recap of the Free People #FPLETSMOVE event!   

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE (1/2 WAY POINT)! 27 Jan 2015

Annette's Lithe Inside Challenge!

So, I just passed the halfway point in my challenge to my 40th birthday.  I'm 22 days in.  Since January 1st, I have taken 25 classes, taught 25 classes, and trained to teach three more. My body is a bit fatigued, but overall I feel great. 

I'm amazed by the reserve of untapped strength we all possess. I see it in class when in the last 10 minutes, I challenge Lithers to give it their all, and they dig deep and do. That has been something I hold onto when I am taking class and thinking, "I probably could do 10 more plyos, I just don't want to."
 
I'm doing my best to pick sculpting classes that target different body parts to allow some recovery time, and since I have been teaching a lot of cardio this month, I've been lightening up on those in my own schedule. If you've ever taken one of my classes then you know it's really hard for me to stay on the platform and just watch. I love being down on the floor, sharing the energy and spirit. I definitely bounce around and get my heart rate going. So all of this has been a great lesson in listening to my body, feeling what it's telling me, and trying to adapt as needed.  
 
I've been surprised by how my body is physically responding to all of the training. It was exciting when we got down on our side in Endvy to do clams and I felt the strength in my back as I lifted up through my shoulders and ribcage. It was enlightening when I thought I was going to have an easy time in Floored, and then my muscles started to shake like crazy with every leg lift. It was humbling when I got to the end of Skinny Jeans and my thighs and glutes were burning so bad from the fold-over work that I had to come up for a break. But, it's also rewarding on the days when I make it through one class and realize I just might have enough reserve to push to take another that day. Each day is very different, with its own successes and challenges, and I am muddling through the best I can, looking for the little victories in each.  
 
I am the first to admit that my numbers might be a bit excessive. It just worked out for me that the beginning of the year is a quiet time for me in regards to acting work. I also suffer from the cold weather blues and don't do too well with excessive down-time. I have been focusing my energy on keeping my endorphins pumping.  
 
As for food, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I imagined. Yes, I miss my wine. That is a given. :)  But I'm not too much of a carb craver, so cutting back on the refined carbs wasn't too hard. I have however been eating A LOT, and I mean A LOT, of fruit to satisfy my sweets craving, which has been the toughest for me.
 
I've had two cheat days since I began. The first was New Year's Day as it was the first day of the challenge and I was out of town staying at a friend's house. I didn't plan far enough ahead. I did bring ingredients to make Lithe breakfast quinoa. But, as morning slipped into a lazy afternoon, and then into early evening, my host made us a lovely dinner. It was pretty healthy, but I can't say it satisfied all of the restrictions of the challenge. My other cheat came this weekend while I was at a funeral. Sitting around the table with loved ones, sharing stories and laughs, I realized life is too short not to partake in some of its sweetness (and the four cakes people had baked) every once in a while.
 
It has been easier than I thought to go out to dinner. Most places have a grilled fish or salad which is genuinely tasty with just a little cold-pressed olive oil and lemon.
 
My weight hasn't changed at all which wasn't a goal one way or another. I notice my arms becoming more cut, but my abs aren't necessarily responding the way I anticipated, making me think it's time to reevaluate a little bit and kick it up just a notch for the second half. Maybe subbing a yellow pepper for a mango or snow peas for pears.
 
I realize at this point that it's the little steps and the small changes that are going translate into maintained behavior. I have a 21-year-old California cabernet sitting in my basement waiting for midnight on the 9th. And I am dying for a slice of pizza from anywhere at this point. These things will definitely come back into my life. But I also can see moderation is easier than I thought, and allowing yourself that little bit of grace on the days you need it will do your heart and soul a world of good.  
 
I learned to appreciate modifications! Don't be afraid to modify in class. Right now, you might see me flat-footed at the barre or on my quads for push-ups. But also, find the day you're feeling strong to try and start that ab work on the mat with 5 lbs. You can always drop down to 3 lbs. after the first set if you need to, but at least you got that one set in. And trust me, next time you just might make it through the second set.
 
So much for keeping this short, but I have to say, the best part of the entire challenge has been the Lithe community. Everyone has been so supportive which really means so much. That encouragement has pushed me through the shake and burn to finish each class. I LOVE hearing about everyone's personal challenges that they have taken up in the new year as well. Some of my favorites have been, "I stopped after just one Girl Scout Cookie!" (Seriously WHO can do that with Thin Mints?) Or, "This is only my second class since the new year, but I'm here!" It's everyone's determination and passion that keeps me going strong. Thank you all for your inspiration! It is a gift!!!!
 
As you hear me say in class, "We're already halfway there. It's just a little muscle fatigue. You are SO MUCH stronger then you realize! Keep going!"
 
Annette's "before" image via Lauren

RIGHT NOW... 13 Jan 2015

Now-1

A. RBG Cosmetics blush polish is the best, most perfect nude.  B. I'm in love with (and have been living in) Madewell's sweet cropped Je t'aime sweatshirt  C. Free People Movement Chasse Bra and Buddhi Short are feminine, supportive, fresh, and perfect together in-studio.  D. Maple Water is a nice alternative to coconut water and contains only half the sugar!  E. Mizon Returning Starfish eye cream is by far the best I've ever used. 

Images via brand websites & Lauren Boggi in FP Movement via Dom  

HONEY DO FACIAL 12 Jan 2015

Honey Do Facial

As a working mom, I try to spend as much of my free time as possible with Mars. That means I don’t have as much time for personal maintenance as I used to, even though I need it more than ever now! I am lucky that Mars still occasionally naps during the day on the weekends, so I try to make the most of that time for me time. Give this facial a try this weekend, post-holiday. 

Ingredients: This is super-easy! Just mix approx 1 tablespoon pure (preferably raw) honey and 1 tablespoon cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.

Do: Draw a warm bath, and apply the mixture to your face. Honey is antiseptic and fights the breakouts you sometimes get when you're tired. Coconut oil is so hydrating (I also use it on Mars's skin). Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off. It leaves my face smooth and glowing.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

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