298 posts categorized " Lauren Boggi "

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

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

ESCAPE PACKING TIPS! 29 Apr 2015

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Now that Lithe Escape and summer is upon us, it’s time for a refresher on minimalist packing. As much as we love feeling ready for anything, lugging around an overpacked bag or checking luggage is no fun. Cutting down on what goes inside your weekend bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, comfortable, and confident.

Wonder what to bring? You won't need much! We'll be in Treasure Beach for five days and you'll spend the majority of your time barefoot and in a bathing suit or in exercise gear. We wake, we eat, we Lithe, we chill in the sun, we eat, we chill, we Lithe, we eat, and then chill some more (it's heaven).

People are always shocked to learn that I'm a super-light carry-on only packer. I find it freeing to travel with so little. How do I do it? 

  • Think small: Starting with a compact suitcase instantly limits how much I can bring. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a packing list: The key word here is basic. Sports bras, swimsuits, cover-ups, underwear, socks, workout shorts, loose pants, a warm layer for evenings, a chic go-with-everything maxi dress, and sneakers. Follow your list without exception. It’ll help you not go overboard. 
  • Be reasonable: Ignore the voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need four pairs of shoes, heels, a hair dryer and 12 tops for a five-day trip. You don't and the practical you knows it!
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them: It minimizes wrinkles and frees up a ton of space for other traveling necessities.
  • Be basic: Stick to basic, neutral colors and light fabrics.
  • Essentials: Passport, sunscreen, yoga mat, bathing suits that you can lounge, swim and Lithe in, sunglasses, cover-up, sneakers, flip-flops, a good book, and cell phone charger. 
  • Choose your accessories wisely: Pack a scarf, hat, statement necklace, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Recycle: Unless you’ve been hiking all day or rolling in the sand, there’s a good chance you can use certain wardrobe pieces more than once. If you wore your maxi dress and cute espadrilles for dinner, turn that sundress into a beach cover-up for another day. My rule is that every article of clothing should work with at least two outfits. I love tunics that work as cover-ups, dresses, tops and nightgowns. My daytime black tunic often works over leggings, and then I can dress it up with jewelry or a scarf at night. 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

LAUREN IN NYC! 28 Apr 2015

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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 

WHAT'S IN LAUREN'S BAG 15 Apr 2015

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As busy women, we all have the most random and sometimes unexpected mix in our bags – from beauty essentials such as lip balm to any little thing that keeps our kids entertained. Today I share my must-haves.

Alexander Wang Rocco in soft peroxide with pale gold

• iPhone

The Honest Company baby wipes

RMS Beauty Oil

• Dental floss!

• A few Instagram prints of Jordan and Mars from Artifact Uprising

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Butter Elixir and Laura Mercier Bare Beige lip glace (helps me fake it if I’m not wearing makeup!)

Coola organic sunblock – I love the weightless feel and matte finish. 

• Organic and raw Lithe Foods Lithe Bar and Matcha Latte (quick healthy snacks prevent me from getting too hungry and running out of energy when I’m on-the-go)

• A ball for Mars – just in case!

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Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

WEATHER & YOU {AND A RECIPE!} 7 Apr 2015

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Spring has (finally) sprung! Spring is the season of new beginnings when nature awakens and the world comes alive. It’s also the time when our bodies come back to life after months of hibernation and heavy eating.

Changes in the weather effect our moods, our bodies, skin, hair, and the clothes we wear. I know that I feel different than I did just one week ago. Being that the pattern of weather really effects us, tapping into its rhythm can guide us towards better living.

Spring is the perfect time to be reborn physically (you're probably moving more these days) and to establish a self-care routine. Self-care doesn’t have to mean a luxurious day at the spa or come with a heavy price tag. It can be very simple. For example, I've been enjoying this Matcha Beauty Tonic every day with my phone and computer turned off.

I love matcha. It provides a delicious nutrient-rich energy boost before and after Lithe. And it has so many amazing benefits. It gives you the zip of coffee without raising your heart rate.  It also keeps you satiated and works as a fat blocker by blocking the ability of digestive enzymes to break down fat, a step necessary for fat to enter our cells. So instead of absorbing and storing the fat, it gets passed through the body. Matcha is also rich in chlorophyll, which alkalizes and detoxifes the blood. By increasing its pH, the body has a better chance of getting more oxygen and nutrients to cells for healing. I notice that my skin looks more radiant and I feel revitalized when I drink it.  

Spring Matcha Beauty Tonic

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. matcha
Coconut milk to taste
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. ashwagandha (adaptogen/stres relief)
1/4 tsp. reishi (superfood/immune booster)
1/4 tsp. mesquite (superfood/blood sugar stabilizer and protein)

Directions
Scoop matcha powder (start at 1/4 tsp. then adjust according to your taste), ashwagandha, reishi, and mesquite into a cup. Fill cup with hot water, and then whisk in the coconut oil and milk until it starts to froth. Cup the bowl in your hands before bringing to your mouth to sip and enjoy!

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

DOING IT ALL IS SO OVERRATED 24 Mar 2015

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A few nights ago around 9PM Jordan snapped this photo of me finally sitting down (my glass of wine was just outside the shot) right after we got Mars to finally go to bed. He said, "Laur, stay right there, the lighting is so good on your face." I actually don't love this photo – I had taught three classes, was half asleep, and my smile was not genuine. I wanted to just stick my tongue out at him and scream. 

At the risk of oversharing, I have had a few very difficult weeks. I like to think of myself as a pretty positive, even-keeled person, but the last month has thrown me into total overwhelm mode. I would love to tell you that I have been riding it out gracefully, but I really haven’t. I have not been myself. I’ve been cranky, pessimistic, aloof, and questioning every part of my life.


I put off writing this post because I didn’t want to spread my Negative Nelly vibes across the Internet and into the studios, so I internalized it (I’m really good at that), and then I decided to just do it because I think there is something to be said for sharing my current struggle with you. I would be upset if, from reading the blog or what you read about me, you gathered that I am an invulnerable health and fitness guru who always has it together. Don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life and I can usually juggle a zillion balls in the air, but I am having a messy moment.

I'm struggling with running a company and caring for a child. And I have to tell you that doing it all is totally overrated. I'll be honest, guys, I'm spent. I feel like I need to go to rehab for exhaustion. My life — both work and personal — has changed so much over the past year and the juggle has become more difficult. I've since taken on more staff (salaries to pay), I'm expanding Lithe, and have a few large projects in the future (greater expectations on myself), and I have a child who needs and wants me, but also makes me feel torn.

We currently have a part-time nanny and Mars is in school part-time, so I'm basically a very part-time stay-at-home mom with two full-time businesses. I love having the ability to work from home and be with Mars when he's home but it doesn't really work out, so for the past three-and-a-half years, I worked around the clock, all day, in the evenings while Mars was in bed, on the weekends, and whenever he napped. And now he no longer naps, so things (and stress) started to pile up in every area of my life. 

My days are crazy. I teach, train teachers, blog, shoot content for Lithe, FHH, and Lithe Foods, and cook meals for my family. I take Mars to school, soccer, art, and to the playground while checking in with my teams, managing projects and people, developing product, planning, programming, streamlining Lithe, and responding to a gazillion emails (and feeling guilty for being on the phone around him and also feeling guilty for not being there for my staff as much as I should/could).  

Sometimes I feel like I may explode over this constant battle of being pulled in a zillion different directions. And I hate the constant combination of being stretched so thin while feeling guilty. I feel guilty that I have to leave work to pick up Mars, I feel guilty when I can't put more time into something at work, I feel guilty when I have to leave Mars, and I feel guilty when I get snippy (or go completely internal) with Jordan because I'm taking my stress out on him. I love my job, I know myself well, and I know that I need (and want) to work, and that my creative brain really thrives when doing so many things. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  I also know that my son will only be little for so long and I want to spend more time with him.

Why am I telling you this? Because people ask me all. the. time how I do it all. I say that I have a stellar team, I try my best, and I pick my battles. There are so many moving parts and I've had incredible success and some amazing failures, but mostly I am a work in progress. I'm still figuring it all out. Oftentimes I find myself pushing and working so hard that I forget to be present. This whole working while parenting experience has made me reevaluate my life. I know that it's okay not to always be okay and right now it feels really good to slow down, be mindful, appreciate idleness, and live in the moment. I hope that my struggle with the juggle helps some of you working (and non-working) moms (and non-moms) out there. We're all in this together! 

While writing this I was inspired (via my friend January) by the Hopewell quilts article in Mother Mag.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

LITHE SPRING CLEAN #LITHERESULTS! 16 Mar 2015

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Happy spring, everyone!  Our Lithe Spring Clean challenge is my absolute favorite one. It kicks my health, metabolism, weight loss, and practice into high gear. I always say that diet is 85 percent. Eating Lithe (eating clean) is truly a challenge for most of us and incorporating the food part of the equation is what makes this month-long process really effective. 

I always find it interesting that not as many people sign up (there are only 104 of you!) because there is no "prize," yet it's the most critical of the three EIW challenges for achieving the results that everyone works SO hard for. This challenge is for you and you should do it for your health (that's the prize!). Anyone can take 20 classes in 25 days, but nobody can out-Lithe a poor diet. 

I'm in on this one too and I'll post my #LitheResults and how I'm #EatingLithe on my (now public) personal Instagram feed. Join me! 

RIGHT NOW... 11 Mar 2015

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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!

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