113 posts categorized " Beauty "

ME ON MONDAY (THE MOM-SUIT) 7 Jul 2014

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When I was kid-free, what was I doing in my string bikini?  Nothing!  I laid out, sipped my drink, took a walk, etc.  You get the picture.  And right now, there's no sitting, sunning, or reading magazines.  My Mars is all over the place, and a day at the beach, or at the pool just SO not what it used to be. 

Swimsuits have an entirely different meaning with an almost three year old in tow.  In order to keep up with the physical demands of a super active kiddo, you need a suit that can withstand everything: running, squatting, pick-me-up, tantrums, building sandcastles, lifting, chasing, falling, being pulled on, and playing catch.  Basically, you need a mom-suit: An iron-clad, no wardrobe-malfunction bathing suit.  I still want to feel chic and sexy, and I still believe that I can wear a bikini, and chase after my boy. 

I like to invest in pieces that truly crossover from studio, to street, to swim.  These days I'm chasing Mars in Lithe's Performance Bra or Michi sports bras (above).  I love this one because it's sexy, but there's not a chance that I'm being exposed regardless of what he does.  What are you Lithe Mama's wearing to the beach?  Are you wearing a two-piece, swim-skirt, tankini, one-piece or swim-dress? 

Selfie of Lauren sitting for a (rare) hot minute via Lauren

 

LAUREN ON FLOWER POWER 26 Jun 2014

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Fresh flowers are one of my favorite little luxuries at Lithe and at home.  I truly believe that having them in our spaces is part of being a good host. Sure, flowers can be an extra expense, but they don't have to be expensive.  I often wish that other local businesses (especially restaurants) placed more emphasis on floral design. Flowers not only bring beauty to a space, but they bring us health and evoke a feeling of beauty and grace. 

I leave it up to Sullivan Owen to create amazing floral designs for Lithe, but unless I'm hosting a party, I usually DIY flower arrangements for my home.  Sometimes I pick out flowers based on appearance alone, but recently I've been paying more attention to the meaning behind them. Many cultures throughout history have assigned meaning to flowers. Whether you’re decoding the pink roses your boyfriend sent, or deciding which blooms belong at your wedding, the language of flowers is both interesting and surprisingly useful, too.  

Right now Sullivan is featuring Peonies in our studios.  Peonies have a delicious scent and are so incredibly beautiful. The peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love, and the symbol of the peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty and prosperity.  I had a Caribbean wedding and utilized local flowers like the Bird of Paradise which symbolizes joyfulness, magnificence and also is used to indicate an exciting and wonderful anticipation.  If I had a wedding in the states I would have most definitely incorporated the Peony. Do you have a favorite flower?  

Check out some of our favorite flowers and their meaning:

  • Anemone – unfading love; anticipation
  • Camellia – perfect loveliness
  • Chrysanthemum – joy; optimism
  • Daffodil - chivalry; respect and new beginnings
  • Dahlia – elegance; dignity
  • Forget-Me- Not - remember me forever
  • Gardenia – joy
  • Ginger - proud
  • Lavender – luck
  • Marigold - desire for riches
  • Lily (white) –innocence; purity
  • Orange Blossom - fertility
  • Orchid – rare beauty; luxury
  • Protea (king) - change and transformation
  • Ranunculus - radient charm
  • Rose (pink) –gratitude; admiration and friendship
  • Rose (yellow) – friendship
  • Stargazer - ambition

Image via Pinterest

RIGHT NOW... 24 Jun 2014

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It's Summer in the city and I'm carrying, using, eating, and cooling off with: {1.} Little Baby's Ice Cream (dairy & non-dairy) Chocolate Salt Malt sorta rivals Barbuzzo's Budino {2.} And So It Goes black net bag is perfect for trips to the market, Lithe WKND, or the beach {3.} Beach waves are made easy with the T3 Single Pass Whirl {4.} Mabelline's Baby Lips in Pink Punch {5.} My Monday's Chicken (recipe coming soon!)

Images via Lauren and brand websites

LAUREN'S BEAUTY BREAKFAST 23 Jun 2014

Monday's Breakfast

Good Morning!  Looking for something hearty and filling that will re-set and power you through your Monday?  This is my go-to dish pre-photoshoot or bikini.  Protein-packed and nutrient-rich, Lauren's Beauty Breakfast is a nod to our Lithe Escape breakfast (subbing a kale variety for Caribbean callaloo):  1 egg, 2 egg whites, and two hand fulls of fresh-picked kale sauteed in olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos.   

Image via Lauren

LITHE WKND! 13 Jun 2014

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Just in time for the beginning of Summer!  From June 27th-June 29th, join us for three days of Lithe with Lauren specially designed to inspire confidence, reset eating habits, and transform your body (we're talking visible results!)

What's Included:

*Six hours of unique (all new choreography!) Lithe with Lauren: two, two-hour classes at  Lithe Rittenhouse and one, two-hour Lithe Escape workout on Saturday, June 28th at 8AM at Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ:
  
    Friday, June 27th:  Rittenhouse Studio from 6-8pm
    Saturday, June 28th: Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ from 8-10am
    Sunday, June 29th:  Rittenhouse Studio from 3-5:30pm

*Lithe Foods Detox Plan: three days of lean, local and seasonal meals & fresh, cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
*1 WKND Spirit Circle meeting on Sunday, June 29th at 5-5:30PM
*Lithe WKND Swag Bag with goodies from our sponsors

Pricing:  $425 with Lithe Foods Meal Plan or $200 a la carte fitness only

Reservations & Payment:  Reservations will open on Friday, June 13th at 4PM by calling 215-545-5144

Transportation: Transportation is not included; Lithers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Avalon (we recommend carpooling!).

Full Disclosure: WKND attendance is limited to 26 people.  A camera will be present twice shooting footage for Lithe TV.

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing FP Movement via Dom and food images via Lauren

 

RIGHT NOW... 12 Jun 2014

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Right now I'm waiting for, using, party planning with, and wearing: {1.} Philly start-up (I'm proud to say that my hubby is a part of this company, and their kickstarter campaign just went live today!) Beacon & Lively's cuff which keeps you beautifully connected via Bluetooth LE to your smart-phone through subtle, ethereal light notification and vibration.  I'm so over "wearing" my iPhone 24/7. {2.} Eyeko Black Magic mascara in midnight blue gives a pop of color, added length, and doesn't run post-Lithe. {3.} Theory's Korene Z Pant in Tierra is comfy and great for outings with Mars, brunch or dinner. {4.} Oh Joy for Target is perfect for Mars's upcoming third birthday party at the farm. {5.} My girl, Joy & Taza's Pippit app is keeping everything social media-related together for me in the best way possible.  

Images via brand websites

I'M HAPPY... 11 Mar 2014

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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'S RESOLVING TO REACH! 22 Jan 2014

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

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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

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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!
 
Join us on Wednesday, January 15th from 6PM to 8PM at the Lithe Old City studio for Resolve to Reach 2014! RSVPs are requested by January 8 at pr@lithemethod.com.

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