53 posts categorized " Travel "

ESCAPE PACKING TIPS! 29 Apr 2015

Escape Packing-1589

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

THE MAXI KNOT! 16 Apr 2015

Knotted Maxi

Is your maxi dress too long? Knot it up! I've knotted the bottom of mine (in lieu of hemming) for years. You'll also reap the fitness benefits. Twist the bottom of your cotton/jersey maxi dress at the ankle/calf for extra resistance to your core. It's an easy way to kick it up a notch while you're on vacation or just walking around town. 

Image of Lauren night-walking and breaking in flip-flops at Delray Beach wearing Splendid L.A.

LITHE IN TRAVEL + LEISURE 15 Feb 2015

T&L

Check out Lithe's Lithe on Location series in partnership with Kimpton Hotels: "Staying Fit on the Road" in Travel + Leisure March, 2015.

LITHE MUSELI & GOJI BERRY MILK 11 Jan 2015

Museli

I've been traveling a lot, so my challenge has become how to create a super-healthy breakfast that can be easily packed into a carry-on and eaten on the road (in the car, on a plane, in the airport, or even in a hotel room) that is both delicious and nutrient-packed, so that I feel energized for the long day ahead.

You guys already know how to make the original, so give this decadent superfoods recipe a shot. It contains a ton of nutrients and fits perfectly in a Ziploc bag or your travel cooler bag. And, now that you're comfortable making almond milk, you can easily learn how to make goji berry milk! 

  • Lithe Museli Ingredients
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. cacao nibs
  • 1/2 c. raw cashews
  • 1/4 c. goji berries
  • 1-2 tbsp. raw honey

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  • Spread oats onto a large baking sheet.
  • Once oven is warm, place oats in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly toasted. 
  • While oats are toasting, chop the raisins into small bite-sized pieces. 
  • Once oats are toasted, place them in a large bowl, and then add all other ingredients except honey.
  • Mix thoroughly and store in a container. 
  • When you are ready to eat it, add muesli to goji berry milk, and drizzle with raw honey.

Goji Berry Milk Ingredients  

  • 4 c. filtered water
  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • 1/2 c. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cheesecloth or nut milk bag

Directions  

  • Soak almonds in a bowl of water overnight (soaking allows nuts to soften and sprout which is easier on the digestive system).
  • The next day, strain/rinse almonds.
  • Add nuts and goji berries to your Vitamix or high-powered blender along with water. Blend for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Place nut milk bag or cheesecloth in a medium-sized bowl, pour milk into cheesecloth, and squeeze the bag to release the liquid “milk."
  • Once the almond meal inside the bag is dry, pour the liquid back into blender and add the sweetener of your choice. Blend for 30 seconds. The milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Goji berries (lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well. Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.

Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the goji is a nutritional powerhouse.

This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal compounds. Its powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.

Image via Lauren

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LITHE IN ISSUE 6 OF THE CASK! 12 Dec 2013

LITHE IN THE CASK (CONDE NAST)

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DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 2 Oct 2013

Dear Lithe (love letters)

Dear Lauren & Lithe,

I figured it’s about time I send a long overdue love letter to you. I’ve been lithing since July of 2011, and although it took me a while to get fully “hooked,” I’ve been a devoted Old City 6am-er for some time now.
I remember coming to the first few classes and feeling quite intimidated by all the fit women and crazy energetic teachers. I recall (many) times when I’d be sore for days, unable to walk or sit like a normal human.  Thankfully, I still get sore on occasion, but the intimidation factor has subsided altogether. The Old City 6am crew is truly a friendly, happy and badass group of women.

I am so grateful to Lithe. When I decided to really commit and start forking over $200+ per month, I expected (and consistently got) an amazing workout every day. It really has been so much fun, despite the occasional hint of pure physical torture. What I didn’t expect was to get so much else from Lithe, namely several amazing friends. Lithe brought us together, and while we still all go to class most every day, we do SO much more together. Even our husbands have become friends!


This brings me to the underlying motivation for finally writing this letter. Come October 15th (give or take a day), my husband and I are setting sail. We’ve decided to take a leave from our jobs for one year and move on board our sailboat. Are we crazy? Maybe. We plan to sail south to Florida, and then on through the Caribbean, South and Central America, before finally returning to Philly and picking up where we left off. We’re excited, stressed and even a little scared, but we’ve been planning The Adventure for years and feel ready for what comes our way.

The closer our departure gets (18 days, eeeeks!), the more it hits me how much I’ll miss everyone, and of course how much I’ll miss Lithe. I still haven’t quite figured out where the best place for suspending resistance bands on the boat is, but it’s on the “to do” list. ;) It’s going to be a real challenge to motivate myself all year, especially without my favorite ladies by my side. Luckily, I’ve learned lots of crazy moves and CCS sequences these past couple years. Maybe after a year of witnessing all my Lithing, my husband will get hooked on Lithe too (ha)!

I will miss you all so much. Thank you to Lauren, all the great instructors (I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shoutout to Gerri, Joellyn, Elizabeth and Bari since they've been with me since my start), and all the lovely ladies who work for Lithe and greet us bright and early each morning!

Thank you again for everything. Please save me a spot in 6am classes when I get back!

Love,
Dana

P.S. My husband has started a blog should anyone want to check in on our shenanigans at sea: www.saileventyr.com

SCENES FROM CALI. 2 Aug 2013

Cali

I've been meaning to post some shots from our recent trip to Santa Monica for the Kris Jenner Show {clockwise}: The beach, Danielle and Rachel indulging in some post-show chocolate cake (on Rachel's face) from Shutters and burgers and fries at Umami Burger at Fred Segal, a camera-ready Rachel D., Lauren in makeup at Lowe's, our limo ride to the show, Danielle doing toe-touches on the rings and Danielle's fruit from the farmers market.  I'll share more next week!

Images via iPhone and Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel

LITHE ON LOCATION! 3 Jul 2013

Lol AL

Check out Lither Adrienne Lucus doing Attitude in Low V in Murchison Falls National Park, Northern Uganda! The water behind her is the White Nile, one of the two major rivers that join up in Sudan to form the Nile that flows north to Egypt. Adrienne said that earlier in the day she was doing Twiggy on her balcony (with hippo audio accompaniment), wearing more appropriate lithe attire, but couldn't get anyone to take a picture of it.  This is amazing Adrienne!  We'll have to talk more about the Hippos...I'm fascinated/scared to death of them!
Image via Adrienne

ME ON MONDAY (SECOND CHANCES). 1 Apr 2013

KAYAKING

I think that I've found my other happy place.  While I was on vacation in North Captiva, I decided to go ocean kayaking.  And now I'm obsessed.  Like, for the past 24 hours I've been scouting out kayaks and all the gear for this summer.  I've been kayaking a few years back and for whatever reason, I just didn't dig it.  Now, I'm pretty sure that you just may see me on the Schuylkill.  Maybe this time was different because I was in a great mood and Jordan was making me laugh, or because there were dolphins three feet from our kayak, or because I could see the sea bottom, but wow, what a thrill (and what a challenging workout). 

Sometimes I feel like I'll never "get into" anything (workout-wise) more than Lithe.  After all these years, very few activites can hold a candle to it.  Nothing can challenge my mind and my body like Lithe can.  This kayaking experience made me think about how important it is to give things second chances.  If I would have decided not to go based on one prior experience, I would have never known just how happy I'd be in a kayak.  I can't wait to do it again.  Any of you ever fall in love with a sport after not liking it and giving it second chance?

Image of LBG in N. Captiva via Jordan

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