242 posts categorized " Lauren Boggi "

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 lift and refresh. 

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

Gravity: I stretch as soon as I wake up to bring a flush to my face.  Hanging your head over the side of your bed for a few seconds also works!

Take a Cold (and Hot) Shower: Alternating hot and cold water in the shower does the trick for super long days.  The temperature change revs circulation and brings back color—it’s like CPR for 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 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 lively!

LAUREN FOR PREVENTION! 30 Jul 2014

Lauren Boggi for Prevention

Lithers, here are some moves that you know well!  Check out Lauren's exclusive sculpting workout for Prevention

Image via Prevention

LAUREN'S SKINNY JEANS PLAYLIST 30 Jul 2014

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It's Wednesday, which is legs/lower body day at Lithe!  Check out Lauren's latest Skinny Jeans playlist.  

Image of Lauren via Everlast

#LITHETOUR LOS ANGELES! 28 Jul 2014

Lithe Tour LA

Hey LA, get ready to experience Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!  Sweat, sip cold-pressed juice, and snag some swag.  August 15th & 16th on the rooftop of the PalihouseReserve here!

For media inquiries, please contact Jill at pr@lithemethod.com

Image of Lauren Boggi 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

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SIX CARDIO TIPS! 22 Jul 2014

Liz

Happy Tuesday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).

I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time offAs a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:

1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.

2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at LitheWhy? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet.  Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.

3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs. 

4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb! 

5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.

6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.

My favorite Lithe cardio workouts are Rock Steady, Higher Power, Freestyle and Spirit. What are yours? 

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom

LAUREN'S FREESTYLE PLAYLIST 21 Jul 2014

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I've been jamming out to this playlist all weekend.  If you're Freestyling with me this week, you'll hear it!  Enjoy!  

Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Splits59 & Stella McCartney for Adidas via Dom

LITHE WKND! 18 Jul 2014

Lithe WKND

Just in time for the beginning of summer! From August 22-24, 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 (new choreography!) Lithe with Lauren: 2 two-hour classes at Lithe Rittenhouse and 1 two-hour Lithe Escape workout on Saturday, August 23rd at 10AM at Lithe Beach (location will be announced):
  
    Friday, August 22nd:  Rittenhouse Studio from 6-8PM
    Saturday, August 23rd: Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ from 8-10 AM
    Sunday, August 24th:  Rittenhouse Studio from 3-5:30PM 

*Lithe Foods Detox Plan: 3 days of lean, local and seasonal meals & fresh, cold-pressed juice and smoothies.
*1 WKND Spirit Circle meeting on Sunday, August 24th 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: Call 215-545-5144 to reserve your spot. 

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

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

LITHE BEACH! 15 Jul 2014

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Looking to fulfill your outdoor workout requirement for the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge? We have a new option!  Lithe's highly-touted beach workout based on our Lithe Escape philosophy is now available on the east coast!  Join Lithe Creator, Lauren Boggi for a 90-minute workout in Avalon, NJ on 61st St.  

When: Saturday, July 19th @ 8AM & Saturday, August 2nd @ 8AM

Where:  61 St. on the beach

Wear: A supportive bathing suit, and sunscreen

What's it like?:  surprising, challenging, empowering, rock-your-world amazing, and fun!

Bring: water, sunscreen, yoga mat (or a towel), a towel for drying off, and a snack

We supply: enthusiasm, inspiration, the workout, and drinking water

Cost: $40

Sign Up: when purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, then schedule on the Rittenhouse scheduler.  

Disclaimer: no public facilities are available before 10AM.  Please utilize a public restroom (Wawa is on 27th St.) prior to class.

Image of WKND Lithers via Lauren

3 DAYS TO FLAT ABS 15 Jul 2014

Flat Abs

We're smack in the middle of Summer, and the best accessory to go along with a bikini is toned, flat abs.  Today I’ll be sharing eight tips for leaning out your middle in just three days, flat. If you're already active and eating Lithe, incorporate these tips into your life and you’ll be confident in that bathing suit in no time!  

  • Do planks, crunches, and standing ab-work  Lithe is core-based, total-body, and all ab work All. the. time.  Why is Lithe so effective?  Our Higher Power band system is a vehicle to bring resistance to your core, while our CCS technique burns the fat right off the muscle.  While you're lithing it up, there are a few things to remember about toning those muscles: While crunches will define your abdominal muscles, planks and standing abs will flatten them.  And, stay tuned for Lithe's up-coming workout, High Top (I promise that you've never felt anything like it)!  As with all things Lithe, mix it up!  Alternate between regular crunches, oblique work, standing abs and planks to keep your stomach toned yet flat.
  • Ditch the processed, refined carbs.  Everything is okay in moderation (remember the 80/20 rule!), but try to steer clear of white bread, Goldfish, snacks, and foods that have bleached flour. I personally try to stay away from anything that is packaged.  A recent study showed that people who incorporated whole grain foods into their diet slimmed out their middle much faster than those who ate refined, processed carbs. Sub in quinoa, oatmeal, and brown rice for the white stuff. 
  • Be Picky!  Choosing the right foods can really fuel short-term weight loss.  When I'm prepping for a photo-shoot or an event, I strip my diet of all things unhealthy (except for dark chocolate) and eat really, really clean - My coffee is black, my water has lemon, smoothies are green, heavy on the cold-pressed juice, a lot of sauteed dark leafy greens and lean protein (fish). 
  • Sautee those greens!  Remember how everyone was eating during our Earned in Winter Challenge?  Our menus included so many servings of sauteed kale.  Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory; it helps reduce bloat and it also revs the metabolism because it is a flavonoid. Also, breaking down the greens by cooking them in olive oil or lightly steaming them makes them easier to digest, as raw greens can make you bloated.
  • Say YES to bananas, watermelon, avocado, lemon, grapefruit, papaya and pineapple!  Potassium helps banish bloating by balancing body fluids. To de-bloat, eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados, watermelon, and pineapple.  As a bonus, eating these foods will replace the potassium and nutrients you lost while sweating it out at Lithe!
  • Make it a LitheStyle! You can do endless crunches a day and still not get the results you want if you’re not living a healthy, active lifestyle. Cardio and weight training increases lean muscle and burns calories, which is super important if you’re trying to make those muscles visible. Our sculpting workouts build up your muscles and create that Lithe body and muscular structure, while cardio and a clean diet will help show them off by burning the fat off the muscle. 
  • Sub still water for bubbles Believe it or not, both soda and sparkling water can bloat you!  Drinking enough still water (add lemon!) a day will keep you from retaining water.  Since water helps remove waste from the body, staying hydrated is key in beating the bloat.
  • Start your day with Lithe Spring Clean Tea!  It's our little secret and it works!  Find on our LSC menus!

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