121 posts categorized " Beauty "

EVERYTHING NICE 19 Aug 2014

Lithe Spice

Are you an Herbigirl?  Eating clean is about to become super easy and really enjoyable in October!  You'll love our delicious and healthy superfood seasoning mix - All-purpose, antioxidant-rich and perfect for spicing up smoothies, water, veggies, salads, soups, and protein without all the fat and additives.  Available on-line and in-studio. 

Image of Lithe mix via Lauren

PRE-LABOR DAY SALE! 11 Aug 2014

Sale

1:45PM Update:  We're almost sold out!  Our sale will be taken down at 5PM today.

This sweet little package will get you the end of Summer - Fall is 41 days away! 

  • 10 classes for $120 (that's like, $12 per class)
  • purchase on-line starting today at 7AM
  • limited quantities available
  • expires 3 months (90 days) from date of purchase
  • one per customer
  • available to all Lithers
  • valid at all Lithe Studios

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi NY via Dom

 

 

5 LATE SUMMER ESSENTIALS 8 Aug 2014

 Essentials-1Organic Girl's Five Happiness blend is delicious, more nutritious than spinach, and perfect for your Lithed Up Salad.  Michi's Splice bra/bikini top is racer-back, comfortable, supportive, and moonlights as a regular bra/bikini top. I bought mine at the Bandier trunk show and got to meet the super sweet designer Michelle Watson.  Haven't taken it off since.  You don't have to choose just one fragrance with Le Labo Discovery Set. Santal 33 and Rose 31 are always in my purse.  Miracle Skin Transformer is amazing. I shot for Prevention with just this product on my face (thank you, Dawn)!  I'm living in this minimalist, yet big impact Kartell So K sandal.  It elongates the leg without a heel and adapts well from shorts to dresses. 

Images via brand websites & Net-A-Porter.com

#LITHEENDLESSSUMMER INSPIRATION 4 Aug 2014

Lithe women

You're almost finished the Endless Summer Challenge and I hope that you guys are feeling as good as you all look!  Last weekend I spent time in the Hamptons with Jordan who is working on a special art project with the very talented, Frederic Pinet.  These four beautiful women inspired me while I was creating what you're all working for - Our new workout, High Top.  Like all things Lithe, it's super unique, extremely effective, and so much fun. 

I know that most of you don't want the Summer to end, but I'm feeling excited and inspired for the Fall, and this new workout.  I think that you guys are really going to love it.  I know that you're all working hard to complete the challenge this week, and we can't wait to deliver your prize (your own personal High Tops!) and pick our social media winners!  Good luck on your last week, Lithers!

Image of Shirley Mallmann, Clara Alonso, Ana Mihajlovic & Kate Bock via Lauren

12 BEAUTY TIPS FOR TIRED-FACE 31 Jul 2014

Lauren Boggi

This is me after pulling an 80+ hour work week, a stressful mom week, and a photo-shoot.  Do you ever feel the way that I look in the above photo?  Nobody ever wants to appear out-of-focus and sleep deprived—and you don't have to!  There are many effective services, and inexpensive products wake you up, and plenty of look-alive secrets that are 100% free.  Check out my 12 tips for when you're feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed:

Wear a Ponytail: When I need an uplift, I pull my hair into a high ponytail for an instant refresh. 

Caffeinate Your Eyes:  Cotton pads dipped in brewed espresso eliminates puffy eyes and circles.  Its diuretic effect helps reduce swelling, and caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so it shrinks blood vessels and minimizes dark circles.

Get Moving: I stretch as soon as I wake up to bring a flush to my face. 

Take a Cold (and Hot) Shower: Taking a hot and cold shower does the trick for 12+ hour work days. The temperature change revs circulation and brings back color—it totally wakes up the skin. 

Glow: When I'm wiped I lose all the color in my face.  A spray tan gives you instant glow, hides skin imperfections, makes teeth and eyes appear whiter and makes you feel pretty and refreshed.  I visit Amber Bucci at Skin Palette twice a month, but when I'm in a pinch Tarte Brazilliance bronzer does the trick (you'll need an extra set of hands for the back of the body).

Val Daily:  Val Daily and the aesthetician team at Dr. Bucky's can take you from zombie to hottie in no time flat.  Every fall I treat myself to IPL to bring my skin back to its pre-summer tone and smoothness. 

Make your favorite color bright: After late nights or early AM's, I’ll slip on a simple tank dress and heels to throw off coworkers.  Bright colors like yellow and pink warm up skin; I get kudos even on bad days!

Coral Lips: I draw attention away from my eyes with a bright coral lip.  The shade screams I'm awake. 

Blue Mascara: Two coats of Eyeko midnight blue up on the upper lashes only makes the whites of my eyes whiter. 

Wear Pearls: 6AM workouts aren't pretty, but TheraPearl cold compresses help cure morning face. 5-20 minutes over the eyes and sinuses does the trick. 

Highlighter:  My good friend and makeup artist Dawn Episcopo taught me to dab a little bit of highlighter in the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone to brighten up the whole area.

Bling: I pair jewelery with my active-wear during the day - A little sparkle makes you look alive!

LITHE BEAUTIFUL 23 Jul 2014

Gina1

We know that exercise does wonders for your body, but do you know that Lithing can have a positive effect on your beauty, as well?  Here are 8 reasons how fitness improves your appearance...

  1. fit.hip.healthy Healthy people are beautiful. According to a great article on Livestrong, “moderate exercise contributes to a youthful appearance.” So, get Lithe, ladies!
  2. Sweat it out! The next time you Lithe on your lunch break, don't be afraid to get sweaty!  Sweating is great for your skin and your hair.  Since sweat is released through your pores, it cleans out the dirt and oils trapped inside. Perspiration also contains a “natural antibiotic” that helps fight acne—however, it's important to rinse off post-workout or you'll just clog your pores. 
  3. Increased Immunity & Detoxification!  Exercise boosts the immune system by prodding the body into producing more white blood cells, including neutrophils and natural killer cells. More white blood cells mean fewer bacteria and viruses sneak past the gate. Overall effect: You don’t get that horrible sick look that comes from feeling under the weather, and small blemishes and wounds of all kinds heal with the quickness.
  4. Increased circulation = improved skin tone & hair! Improved circulation “floods our skin with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood cells.” This results in a prettier, clearer complexion and increased blood circulation to your scalp promotes hair growth.. In layman’s terms, it’s like a post-Lithe glow.
  5. Reduced bloat and puffiness.  Lithe gets your lymphatic system flowing, which “can help to reduce water retention in our bodies and improve under eye puffiness and dark circles.” Bye-bye, puffy eyes and thighs!
  6. Stronger sex hormones.  Getting fit not only makes you look sexy, it also makes you feel sexy by balancing the body’s sex hormone levels, which in turn can improve the appearance of hair, skin and muscle tone. Although the most studied hormones linked to exercise are endorphins, sex hormones, such as testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH — the same youth-serum substance celebs pay big bucks to be injected with), also get a boost.
  7. Exercise wards off wrinkles. Based on a recent study, “prolonged exercise stimulates collagen and elastin production and improved skin thickness.” Say no more!
  8. Feeling good in your own skin.  Lithe boots your mood and confidence - both of which define beauty and sexiness in our book! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Gina Toscano wearing Nike via Dom

 

RIGHT NOW... 22 Jul 2014

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Things that I'm wearing (and getting major compliments on), lusting over and saving for:  {1.} Essie Truth or Flare is the perfect Lithe blue  {2.} Clare Vivier Kenya Bag is bohemian, chic, holds everything and helps women.  The purchase of each piece directly contributes to building sustainable businesses for women in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.  {3.} Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics  Matte Lip Tar in Kimber is the perfect summer coral  {4.} Black on Black Monterey Black (Exquisite) Birkenstock  {5.}  Grace Lee Designs Lace Ring  6. Yellow/Gray/Cream Scarf by Heather Taylor Home

Images via Brand Websites

MEGHAN GRAUZLIS & LITHE ON BLDG 25! 16 Jul 2014

MegBLDG25

You know her as the girl who kicks major butt in the studios, but if you want a glimpse into Lithe Instructor, Meghan Grauzlis's LitheStyle, check out About A Girl on the Free People BLDG25 blog!  When I think of Meg, I think bohemian beauty, flexibility, freedom, fun, Free People, music, and the energy, (and killer playlists) that she brings to Lithe.  Thanks for sharing, Meg! 

Images via Free People.  Meghan is wearing: We The Free Circle In The Sand TeeRuffle Rib Shortie , Greenwich Thigh HiMovement Capri LeggingMovement Crop TopAll In One Tank and the Net Tee

 

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

lauren in Michi

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

Flowers

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

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