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WE WEAR: JEWELRY 21 May 2015

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Jewelry is so personal and it's supposed to feel personal, right? I get a lot of questions about the jewelry I wear, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite pieces and a bit about my personal style. I love unique, modern, minimalist, and luxe jewelry: stackable 18K gold bangles, delicately detailed super-thin rose gold midi rings, arm bands, and everything diamond (real or fake!). I love giving and receiving jewelry. Currently, my favorite pieces to gift are ear cuffs. They add that cool factor to the traditional stud and look good on everyone. My son loves pointing them out whenever I wear them. “Fancy Mommy!” he says.  

Because I'm always in between sweaty and clean, my general aesthetic is relaxed and modern peppered with a little bohemian. A typical everyday outfit for me is a comfy shirt, jeans, flat sandals, and a statement necklace. My outfits and jewelry are easy to slip into in the morning and comfortable enough to hang out in around the house with Mars, yet pulled together enough to go from the studio to the street. Here are some of my favorite pieces on the market right now:

Uniform Wares M-37 watch

Daimblond resin stackable rings

Ginette NY black onyx horn necklace 

Jennifer Meyer custom nameplate necklaces

Anything by Jennifer Fisher, especially the build your necklace

Pamela Love hand pieces 

A Peace Treaty necklaces and earrings 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography


Does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat and becoming fit? One of the biggest fitness/health hurdles for so many people is being judged or feeling shame about their body. Because perfectionism has a strong grip on so many of us, you may feel like you have to be perfect at the studio, too.

So many of us are guilty of this. How many times have you passed on a particular class or instructor at Lithe or on a swimsuit because you're "too fat"? The entire first year after I had my son, I refused to buy clothes until I fit into my old ones! Have you passed on a particular sport because of shame?

Check out the video above. Sport England set its This Girl Can campaign to the classic 2001 Missy Elliot jam “Get Ur Freak On." It was created to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move, and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

SPRING READS 18 May 2015

Spring Reads!

I feel like I haven't read in years, but I started to make time for it on Lithe Escape, and also just became part of a book club, which I'm super excited about!  If you’re taking a holiday break or spending some time by the pool, spring is a great time to do a little reading.  I usually look for fun books and real page-turners that I can devour in a few days.  I thought I’d share five worthy reads with you:

Oh Joy!: 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy  written by my most creative friends (and Lither!), Joy Cho.  A colorful, inspirational guide to help bring that Oh Joy whimsy into your life.  It's filled with quick, fun, and stylish projects from home decor to food to fashion as well as tips on how to shop for vintage, and pick art for your home!

To Be A Friend Is Fatal written by my friend Kirk Johnson.  Founder of The List Project, Kirk is an all-around amazing guy, a killer story-teller, and has such an unbelievable story. 

Luckiest Girl Alive is a can't put down novel by Jessica Knoll which takes place on Philadelphia's Main Line.   Jessica gifted this book to me and I'm so glad she did.  It's such a page-turner; I was hooked on page seven!  

Girl in a Band: A Memoir is written by Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women. I love her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

CherryBombe celebrates women doing cool things in the food industry, which I love.  I picked up a subscription so I don’t always have to shell out for newsstand prices. 

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography



This week, we get to know longtime Lither Claire Elliot!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? The 6AM class has become a pretty non-negotiable part of my daily routine. No matter how crazy my schedule gets throughout the day – work, travel, girlfriend hangouts, dates – that early bird time slot is always available. There’s no excuse not to sweat! My proximity to the studio (two blocks) doesn’t hurt either. I am so proud to be a part of the Old City 6AM crew. Talk about some bad*ss chicks!

When you've had a long day, what do you do to de-stress? A stack of magazines, some hot mint tea, my pajamas, in bed. That’s pretty much heaven. If it has been an especially stressful day, then swap out the tea with wine. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Lithe is so unique because it NEVER gets easy. Yes, you learn the moves and nail down your form, but you always sweat, your muscles always shake, you always challenge yourself to get to the next level. That consistent push, the lack of “plateau” in terms of inner and outer strength, is what makes Lithe unlike any other work out I’ve done. I agree with Molly who mentioned the barre chair series being the most killer moves of all time. When will I be able to complete the whole set?

And … one of the most geeked-out Lithe moments I’ve ever had was doing singles of the entire All That lineup, from Twiggy straight through to Sideline. Jonathan taught the class. It was 7PM in Old City. I smiled the entire time. There was Whitney Houston blasting and I could not believe I did it. Ah, magic! 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. I love trying out new clothes, shoes, lipstick, etc. Freestyle is the Lithe version of “outfitting.” The workout is always fun and keeps you on your toes, just like a pedicure with a new Essie polish!   

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? I was fairly certain that I was going to marry Prince William. I guess I’ll have to settle for Prince Harry.  

What was the first concert you went to? Celine Dion when I was 11. My older cousin took me because her boyfriend (shockingly) did not want to go. I cried when she sang “My Heart Will Go On” (I mean Titanic? Leo? Come on!). I thought I had died and gone to heaven. 



This week, we get to know longtime Lither and FitHipHealthy photography intern Celia Ragonese!   

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I’m a planner and I love to feel healthy and strong. If I don’t Lithe and don’t have a class on the schedule, I definitely start to feel “off.” I love that I can schedule a class so far in advance and I think it is genius that Lithe Method lets me outsource my willpower by keeping me accountable for any late cancellations. And of course, the classes are all so awesome that I don’t care if I high V when I should low V. (Okay, I do care, but you know what I mean.)

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Does Pinterest count? But seriously, I love to decompress with a good book. Lately, I’ve gotten into witty and slightly sarcastic memoirs like Kelly Oxford’s Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar and I’m hunting down similar books for my summer reads.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? If I could insert the “raise the roof” emoji here, I would. The community and classes are both rewarding to me. Even though I’ve been going to Lithe since 2009, I’m still surprised at how classes continue to challenge and change my body. And the Lithe community is so inspiring – you guys are so dedicated and motivated! When I moved back to Philly a couple of months ago, I was beyond excited to check out the new classes and new instructors – and to get back in shape.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why?  My husband might say Hot Legs because I love to walk fast despite the fact that I’m so short, but I say Skinny Mini because like the class, I love variety and having a little bit of everything in one shot.

What's your signature drink? I’m always down for Prosecco, but I love making different drinks (I was a bartender for a hot minute). One of my summer goals is to perfect my spicy cucumber margarita.

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge-watched? I’m guilty of binge-watching Vanderpump Rules and Game of Thrones. I’m not sure what that combo says about me, but there you have it.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? The perfect ’90s celebrity crush in my mind, was Jordan Catalano/Jared Leto from My So-Called Life. I mean, c’mon. You know what I’m saying, right?

WE WEAR 7 May 2015

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If you're a Rittenhouse or Old City Lither (or, if you went on Lithe Escape!) you've met our special projects/PR manager, Jillian Crean. Jill is detail-oriented and awesome at planning ahead. She always looks spectacular, even at 5AM. Over the next few weeks we'll show you how she gears up for Lithe!

Workout: Waspie

While my true favorite color is and always has been "sparkly," pink ranks at a very close second. My phone case is pink, my iPad cover is pink, and my toenails are perennially pink too. It only makes sense that my gloves to grip those killer blue bands follow suit! The magenta Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra's support may not be necessary for Waspie's waist rotations, but I definitely appreciate it when we get to candy canes, around-the-worlds, and half moons. And I'm a sucker for printed leggings – they can (kind of) distract me from the inevitable burn of holding wide second during Waspie!

Gear: Yo Lithe tank + Pink Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra, grey check Under Armour leggings + pink Pearl Izumi gloves.  New Balance 711 + Frends headphones

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography



We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I sign up for classes in advance and put them on our calendar at home. If it's on the calendar than I make myself go and I always know I have someone to watch the baby.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? When I am stressed and can make it to a class then that is all I need! On days that I am not able to make a class, I love to veg out in front of the TV, take a walk with my family, shop, or try a new restaurant with friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I think the most rewarding aspect has been the transformation I have seen in my body. I started Lithing regularly after I had my baby about a year ago and I feel stronger now than I did pre-pregnancy. The most challenging aspect of Lithe has been learning the cardio cheer sequences. When I started taking classes I avoided the ones that were high cardio because I am not the most coordinated person and the cardio scared me. I finally forced myself to try Higher Power and I instantly fell in love with the class! It is my new fave and I try to take it as much as possible.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? If I were a Lithe class, I would be Thinny. It keeps me grounded, focused, and makes me leaner and stronger. These are things that I strive for every day!

What's your signature drink? Vodka on the rocks with a splash of water and lots of lemon.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Luke Perry. I was obsessed with Dylan McKay. He was the ultimate bad boy. 



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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I find that during the week, the 6AM classes are key to making sure I get in a workout. With my sometimes crazy schedule, I don't always know when I'll get out of work. So, if Lithe is the first thing I do, whatever else happens, I know that it's done. 

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Lithe is definitely a big part of my de-stressing routine. Even when it's the first thing I do before work, I find that the endorphins carry me through the day (most of the time). Outside of Lithe, I have been teaching myself how to play the guitar and ukulele. Over the past year, I discovered the art of decorating sugar cookies. I've always been a creative person and this has been a great (and delicious) outlet that I can share with people. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe? One of the most rewarding moments for me in class was after I had been Lithing for about four months. I actually starting Lithing at the insistence of my friend Emily Wang after I injured myself training for the Broad Street Run. One of the first classes I took was Short Shorts and I could not do a pike-up to save my life. Then one day I was taking Short Shorts again for maybe the fourth time and found myself doing not only one pike-up, but all ten. Definitely a proud moment for me. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Mercy. The thing that I love most about Lithe is how challenging it is. That's what got me hooked in the first place. Mercy epitomizes that (also the name should really be changed to No Mercy). 

What's your signature drink? I love prosecco. It's a great way to celebrate a big event or just end a long day.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Johnny Depp (who didn't love him?)

WE WEAR 23 Apr 2015

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You guys, it's white tee season! It's like spring hits and everyone is flaunting one. My favorite slouchy, slightly see-through, off-the-shoulder white tee is one of my spring staples. I wear it to the studio with the sleeves rolled up or out to dinner with my favorite jeans. We love a white tee paired with denim, but I say mix it up with a denim skirt or wide-leg pants. The possibilities are endless and that's what makes it oh so lovable. 

Lauren's wearing: Frame T-shirt (available at Third Street Habit), Michi bra, Gap jeans, Alexander Wang bag (available at Barneys New York), Masion Margiela shoes.

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography 

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