8 posts categorized " Lithestyle "

READY, SET...BIKINI! 18 Mar 2013

7 steps

It may be cold and rainy today, but Spring is here!  Read my 7 steps to looking and feeling great in a bikini on InStyleSwimwear's blog, Beauty & The Beach.

Images of me spray tanned, Lithe's CCS (and Lithe instructor, Liz Galbally), my fithiphealthy summer 2013 inspiration bikini by L Space, Sautéed greens and me in Las Terranas, D.R. wearing La Perla.

LITHE FOODS IN THE EXAMINER! 17 Mar 2013

Examiner

I love this article.  Get your spring on.

ME ON MONDAY (LIPSTICK). 14 Mar 2013

Laruen Boggi Goldenberg

Late again!  I should change this column to Me on Thursday. 

Lately I've been thinking a lot about beauty products and I think it's interesting that many of us don't stray too far out of our comfort zones with lip color the same way that we do with nail polish (I prefer black and white on my nails, and I would probably not wear that on my face).  I'm guilty of getting really stuck on a lip color and then before I know it I've been using the same color for like, 12 years which is completely crazy.  The perfect lip color can be life-changing.  I'm serious when I say that the last time that I remember thinking that about a lip color was when my mom introduced me to Clinique's Black Honey in the seventh grade. 

I've recently found the perfect coral-pink.  And, it's not a gloss or a stain, or a barely-there-sheer; This one is bright and beautiful and just what I needed for spring.  I included it here, but I've received so many questions and compliments that I figured it was worth a post.  Check out Bobbi Brown's Calypso Coral on lips (and cheeks) as a base, with (or without) a swipe of Korres Coral 45 on top.  Anyone find a great lipstick or gloss lately? 

Image of Lauren via Lauren

LITHESTYLE! 20 Dec 2012

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The holidays not only bring us cheer and festive food, they often brings us out-of-town guests. I love hosting people in my home, and it gives me joy to make them feel as comfortable as possible. When my friends and family opt to stay in my guestroom, rather than at a hotel, I like to recreate the hotel feel for them so they get best of both worlds--the warmth of a personal home with the small luxuries of a hotel room.

My favorite things to provide are Royal Hut towels from Jamaica--they are so plush and cozy. In the room, fresh cut flowers always help make it feel like a special space--peonies are my fave. I leave Tata Harper's all natural Aromatic Bedtime Treatment on the night table to help them relax and unwind from crazy holiday traveling. For my guests that plan a quick jaunt to New York, I provide them with Indigare's NYC completely mapped out. My refrigerator is always fully stocked with Lithe Foods cold pressed juices and smoothies and plenty of Lithe snacks, so they can feel nourished and satisfied between meals. As my unexpected touch, I always leave a Polaroid camera at their disposal so they can capture any of the special spontaneous moments we have together. Earbuds are also a nice surprise, as they always seem to be the one thing people leave behind when rushing to catch a plane. What personal touches do you use when hosting friends and family?

Images via brand websites

LITHESTYLE! 13 Dec 2012

Lauren Boggi Goldenberg
You've heard that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but have you realized that makes your eyebrows the drapes? If you're even a little bit into home design, you know the impact an amazing window treatment can have on a room. Smooth, sleek shades can modernize a space and add a touch of masculinity. Gauzy sheers can soften light and make a room feel ethereal. The same goes for your face!

Super thin eyebrows can make you look harsh and less friendly. Super round (half moon brows) can make you look like you're in a perpetual state of shock. Got tadpole eyebrows? (The kind that are super thick near the bridge of the nose and taper into a skinny tail.) They are probably drawing the focus away from your beautiful eyes. Super high, pointy arches? Your coworkers may think you're always mad about something.

As a child, I had brows like catepillars.  My mom never let me touch them (even through high school!). It was grounds for grounding.  I thank her now.  Many of us picked up a pair of tweezers in middle school and went to town with no idea what we were doing, and never looked back.  Some of us have over-plucked for so long that our brows will never fully grow in again. Never fear. All is not lost! Between (soft) eyebrow penciling (in the right shade) to fill in the gaps and the right brow shape for your face, you'll be looking your best in no time. Personally, I think eyebrows are best left to brow professionals (not your nail technician) who really devote themselves to finding the right shape for your face, not just cleaning up strays (which you can do between visits). A good brow can make you look years younger, friendlier and incredibly fresh!

If you're on a budget, and would rather do them yourself, here are a few tips from a celebrity brow guru. Regardless of which route you choose, allow your brows to grow in as much as you can before reshaping (a few weeks of looking a little unkempt will be worth the impact your new brows will have on your face.) Take a look at these before and afters! And a good rule of thumb to remember is: Super thin is not in. A fuller brow is sexier, more youthful and flattering.  Anyone have any great brow tips to share? 

Image of Lauren Boggi Goldenberg via iPhone

NICOLE'S CLOSET! 20 Sep 2012

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Lithe instructor, Nicole Sewall, has just returned from covering fashion week in both London and Paris to see the Spring 2013 collections (she's the co-managing director for BHLDN, Anthropologie's bridal and special occasion brand). Between darting to and from runway shows, working with designers on product, doing a bit of vintage shopping, and going to the latest gown exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum, Nicole is always on the go-go-go when she travels for work. Aside from doing some tuck-squeezing in her hotel room (she says it helps her feel better about all the croissants and pain-au-chocolats she consumes in Paris), Nicole has a few must have travel essentials to share that help to keep her fresh and gorgeous while she's globetrotting.

  1. Skinnyskinny Organic Dry Shampoo Mini. It's perfect for those transatlantic flights, between washes or when you just need an extra 20 mins of sleep!
  2. Fancy pajamas. A bit of home when far from home. Bodas makes menswear inspired sets in the softest cottons.
  3. Sneaks. Perfect for trekking around the city all day. They surprisingly go with everything. (And the wedge makes them a bit better than the converses I used to try to get away with)
  4. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Mini. One-stop shopping. Instantly removes all traces of the day’s makeup, cleanses and hydrates.
  5. Black blazer. It's instant polish. I throw it on over everything from slouchy airplane friendly pants to floral dresses and I’m off.
  6. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm. An amazingly scented body lotion in a travel friendly tube. This light scent sticks throughout the day so I can skip the perfume.

Image of Lithe instructor, Nicole Sewall, wearing Lithe's Rhythm Tee & Attitude Pants via Dom

LITHESTYLE! 13 Sep 2012

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This edition of Lithestyle is brought to you by Laura Mackie. Laura is an integral part of the Lithe team by day, and goes home to make an array of her own natural, homemade beauty products by night! Read on to find out why she started experimenting with things like sheabutter and beeswax, and learn how make your own chemical-free deoderant and body cream.

In the last year or so, I’ve become very aware of all the evil little chemicals and preservatives that are hiding in just about everything we use. Due to my penchant for researching everything under the sun (because I’m insane) and the wealth of information and controversy on the subject, it quickly became an obsession of mine. I’m seven different kinds of crazy with this stuff, so I won’t get into all the details (but if you’re curious…just ask!), but long story short, with everything I was learning I was no longer willing to use 99.9% of commercial products out there, so I started making my own. From dish soap to laundry detergent to deodorant. I started the trial and error process, tried countless recipes and did plenty of improvising. The end results aren’t always awesome (I’ve made horribly salty toothpaste and deodorant that makes your under arms smell like lemon drops), but after playing around with everything, you can always get it right! It’s also a lot of fun getting to play mad scientist with a relatively small pantry and very little cost. If you have baking soda, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and a few essential oils, you have a surprisingly solid foundation, but from there you can get as crazy with it as you want.

Here's a sweet and simple deodorant recipe (fitting, right?). You only need 4 ingredients.

  • 1/3 c of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree pure essential oil
  • I also add 10 drops of lavender essential oil (which is also antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic as well as an awesome skin soother, but it’s totally optional)

It’s best to melt the coconut oil first and then smoosh everything together into a paste and pop it in a wide mouth jar. Tadaa, deodorant! Use a dab (sligtly larger than a pencil eraser) to rub under each arm. It’s so easy and inexpenisve. I’ve been using this recipe since November 2011 and have had awesome results. It takes care of any stinkiness and works so much better than any natural brand deodorants that I’ve tried, but be warned that it doesn’t ward off sweat!

There’s also a really easy body/night cream recipe I’d love to share with you. This one is great because you can customize it. The recipe calls for:

  • 2 ounces of shea butter
  • 2 ounces of oil
  • ½ an ounce of beeswax

You mix the three together in a double boiler (or in my case, a glass bowl sitting in a pot of boiling water.) Once they’re all melted, take the bowl off of the heat and blend together. I use one of those stick blenders you can get for $20 works awesome. Continue to blend it while it’s cooling for a whipped texture. Just a heads up, when you use it, it might seem a little grainy at first (it’s the shea butter) but it will vanish almost instantly as it melts into your skin.

I’ve used a number of oils while making this. I made some for my face using 1½ oz of red raspberry seed oil (it has a natural SPF of 30-50), ½ oz olive oil, and also added 2 tbsp of zinc oxide powder (provides approx 30 SPF of protection and is also very soothing for the skin and can help heal break outs) If you use zinc oxide be very careful not to breathe it in, the fine powder can irritate the lungs!

I have dry skin, so I love rich oils like olive oil! If you have oiler skin, you can use grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or a combination of the two to lighten the cream up a little bit. You can also experiment with using a different butter. Kukui nut butter is very non-greasy, but not for me. My skin will soak up anything so I like my creams to be very heavy. When I make this to use on my body, I love using coconut oil. That stuff is a miracle tonic. It works well for everything; it’s no wonder Lithe Foods is such a fan of coconut. Shea butter and beeswax create a great protective layer that helps prevent water from leaving the skin while helping to improve our skins natural barrier functions. And the best part is that there are no unpronounceable chemicals!

I’d love to know if anyone decides to try making their own!

LITHESTYLE 23 Aug 2012

Style

One of my favorite things about working with and teaching so many women through Lithe is being exposed to a ton of great fashion and beauty secrets. At the front desk, I will notice someone's glowing skin, healthy hair or just plain great style, and ask...what are you using? Or where did you get that? And everyone is always eager to share.

Remember Jeanette's 25 Things where she divulged that she doesn't use shampoo? Here's the whole story!

Back in November last year my hair was in a really a bad state. After just one day of not washing it the roots would get greasy, the ends dry, and the whole thing would look flat and frizzy at the same time. Not a good combination. So I turned to my hair stylist (fellow Lither and owner of Juju Salon) Julie Ebner for help. "Ditch the shampoo" she said. I tried the "letting your hair clean itself" approach (basically not using anything, just a little bit of conditioner), but that didn't work so well for me. I know it's supposed to take a few weeks until your hair starts "cleaning" itself, but with sweating through four or five Lithe classes a week, I needed something to clean my hair with now!

 

I did some research for alternatives to shampoo, and decided to try the baking soda method: Mix one tablespoon baking soda with one cup of warm water in an old shampoo bottle, shake well, and apply that mixture to wet hair, making sure to really massage it in to the roots for a minute or so. One cup is enough for about two washes for my hair. I still use conditioner on the ends, although I may one day try replacing that with an apple cider vinegar rinse. I wash my hair no more than twice a week.

 

This has been my hair care regimen since November 2011. The result? Smoother hair, cleaner roots and softer ends! Not to mention fewer harmful chemicals being absorbed through my scalp, and more money in my pocket. Talk about a win-win situation!

 

Two things to note about washing your hair with baking soda:

 

1) It will not work in hard water. I live in center city Philadelphia where the tap water is fairly soft, so baking soda does a great job. I spent a week in Italy earlier in the year, and trying to wash my hair with baking soda in the hard Umbrian mountain water was a complete disaster; the result was dirty, greasy hair and a grumpy, very un-glamorous feeling Jeanette.

 

2) When mixing the baking soda and water, make sure you use warm, not cold water. For me, it just doesn't seem to clean the hair as well when it has been mixed in cold water.

 

*About three weeks ago, I noticed my hair was not getting clean, no matter how much I washed it. My hair looked and felt the way it had done in Italy. I was convinced that PWD had changed our water supply overnight, as I refused to believe that the baking soda method was failing. After a week of this I finally gave in and bought a very mild, natural cleansing shampoo (from Juju) and washed my hair with it once. Then I went back to the baking soda, which is now working fine again. I later figured out that I probably didn't use warm enough water when mixing the baking soda, but who knows, maybe something really did change in the water...

 

Images of Jeanette Boorstein via Laura Mackie at Old City

 

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