I’m Smitten With Navy

5 Things I'm Smitten With
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Boots
One of my favorite clothing sure-stops is Madewell. As a subsidiary of J. Crew, the parent company describes their baby as “a modern-day interpretation of an American denim label founded in 1937.” I’ve dubbed it the cooler, more bohemian version of the Crew. If I need a new piece, I hightail it over there and grab a pair of jeans, a stylish but comfortable top, or even any of their funky yet classic jewelry, and I’m all set. On the most recent visit, I spied a pair of booties worthy of my recent navy obsession. These boots are a perfect mash-up of dark and dark with a little fall suede thrown in for fun. PLUS they’re named Night Vision. How cool is that?!?! What more do you need to pick up a pair for yourself but hurry cause sizes are going fast!

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Nail Polish
Navy is THE reason to paint your nails dark for the season. It’s not only chic, but also gorgeously glamorous. NARS has a navy color that I’m particularly smitten with. It’s rich in the blues but with an added sparkle that will have your paws looking like a million bucks. The glitter effect is minimal but festive so you can rock this at your holiday get together or daily working at your desk. Display the dark colors that are en vogue but with a twist enough to make someone say “ooh…what color is that?!?” It’s Night Flight thank you very much.

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Clothing

Navy is the new black and this winter is your chance to get hip to that. Instead of always sticking with the jet-black, go with the ink instead. The chicest way to wear the hue is pair your outfit with a splash of color. To avoid looking like the American flag, opt out of the traditional red or white and get creative. Got a perfect navy dress? Try accessorizing with turquoise jewelry and even a pair of turquoise heels. I’m also partial to bright yellow or green with a great dark shade as your background. Pair dark jeans or navy slacks with a navy top and then a colored sweater to break it up. Patterns are also really fun. Find a fun blouse with navy in it’s print and show it off peeking out under a navy sweater. If you’re new to navy and are shy about brights, the perfect winter mix is a great grey and navy. Play with textures for sweaters or scarves to add dimension to your otherwise classic ensemble.

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Decor

Forget boring beige for your home decor. The newest neutral is crisp, cool, and making everything look shipshape. I, myself, admit to having daydreams about a dark navy living room, complete with a navy velvet couch and cushions. Dramatic I know, but beautifully elegant and inviting. If a full-on navy-toned room makes you hyperventilate, consider painting just one accent wall, accessorizing the blue with a lighter neutral like white to freshen up the darkness, or keep things on the plainer side and use the blue hue as your accent for everything from pillow to rugs. Navy is surprisingly snuggly and will have you questioning why you were so afraid of the dark.

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Makeup

To take the trend at face value start with swapping your eyeliner or mascara for the navy one instead. My favorite dramatic way to use navy is to do a smoky eye version for a sexy night on the town. Check out this quick how-to video to get it just right:

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I’m Smitten With Soul Camp

Growing up in Southern California, it wasn’t a trend to ship off your kids to camp for the summer. Summer is practically a year long thing in LA after all, but when my good friend and branding guru, Allison Leipzig reached out to me to teach at her summer camp for the soul I was intrigued. Camping? For me? I’m the type of gal who has a deep intimacy with 500+ thread count sheets, a taste for foodie food, and a love affair with room service. How was I going to feel living in a bunk with 10 others in rural Pennsylvania? Turns out: just fine thank you.

5 Things I'm Smitten With
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Bunkmates
Soul Camp founders Allison and Michelle grew up as camp junkies. Every summer for 7 weeks these ladies made the pilgrimage to Camp Towanda (the actual camp in Wet Hot American Summer) to bond with their besties, make some awesome arts and crafts, eat s’mores, play Capture the Flag, and do a little canoeing on the lake. After not seeing each other for years, the ladies reconnected one day while hollering affirmations in an IntenSati class in the city. Fate intervened and they decided to bring the magic of camp to their community of fitness, yoga, nutrition, and transformation experts they mingled with daily. When you arrive at camp, up the windy dirt road, you are greeted by a team of peppy tie-dyed covered camp counselors. Swag is everywhere. Introductions are flying. Suddenly it’s time to pick your bunk. You find your assigned cabin, a homemade wooden wigwam, that holds numerous identical twin bunk beds, nestled in between graffitied walls. The thought of sharing my most intimate space with 10 other strangers was…well, intimidating. Despite the fact that the entire bunk can hear your bowel movements like the drop of a pin, I settled in just fine. My Soul Sisters (and brother :), we had one boy in our bunk, taught me things an only child could never know without this proximity. Like a slumber party every night, having a room full of your soul mates certainly makes it easier to wake up to revelry every morning.

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Spirit Highs
When I found out that there is no alcohol at Soul Camp, I admit I became a bit….uneasy. I’m so used to having my glass of vino at the end of my night to chill out that I thought I would feel a little out of sorts. The Soul Camp tribe had other means of intoxication planned. The first day, I visited Psychic and Intuition coach Betsy Cohen and let her lead me deep into a guided meditation. I found my sixth sense and left with a feeling of being connected to my higher self. The next period, I sat in on some Soulversations with the incomparable Nitika Chopra and Stefanie Ziev as they talked me into bliss about releasing fear and finding the people who “get” you. Then I wandered around the grounds exploring the garden, meeting the chickens (I just love chickens!), and ended my day with an impromptu bunk astrology reading by the instinctual phenom Jenn Racioppi. The next day, perfumed with healing aromatherapy oils, I began my day with David Mehler who practices Vikaz, aka Network Chiropractic. Vikaz is energy work that heals the mind, body, and soul, and David is a true healer. Even Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, who channels angels and brings divine guidance, took me places I never thought I would go. I ended that second day with a lake-side yoga class lead by the spectacular Domenic Savino, my brother from another mother. His expert adjustments and touch left me feeling the joy of Soul Camp for days afterward. If Soul camp is a drug, I never want to recover!

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Lake Love
This Cali girl has been in the ocean more times than I could count but I’ve never dipped a toe in a real live lake. Even just thinking about the murky waters and the slimy bottom conjures visions of horror movies staring mysterious sea creatures and man-eating fish. When my fellow campers ran with abandon to jump in the lake I proceeded cautiously, fearing the unknown in it’s depths. The Camp Towanda lake is pretty damn beautiful. The sun was shining, glinting on the surface, the temperature pleasingly cool. It coaxed me to dare to dip my tippy toes into the water the first day. I watched with envy as the other campers squealed and shrieked with joy grabbing canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and slithering down the slide floating in the middle of said lake. I could never, I thought. Cut to the very next day and in true Soul Camp spirit decided to say “fuck it” and face my fear of the lake. Turns out the lake swimming is amazing and I even dared myself to try SUP and actually stood up! Things you learn at camp aren’t just arts and crafts or funny songs, but also how to be the fiercest version of you with band of loyal supporters raring to have your back.

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Feel Good Food
I got wind of some of the foodie goodness that was on tap for camp-life, before I had even set my bag on my bunk. Gluten free and vegan fare to abound. Great! I love healthy food, but will it be tasty? Man, I had NO IDEA! The gals from Healthy Cooking Camp, Robyn Youkillis and the fancy farmer Quinn Asteak skillfully crafted a special Soul Camp menu and killed it!!!!! Meals consisted of dishes like French Lentils, THE BEST cauliflower mash of my life, and herbed quinoa. There was a heavenly salad bar with all the fix-ins ready at will. Breakfasts had gluten free french toast, baked eggs with swiss chard, and the ever present yogurt bar. The deserts were enough to make you cry: the gluten-free Blondies, pumpkin chocolate bars, peanut and jelly Chia pudding. The final day’s brunch was an ultra cool take on Israeli eggs, homemade hummus, and vegan bacon. Don’t fret if you’re a carnivore, there was even real bacon, burgers, and chicken, but I will say the other food was SO good you don’t even miss the beef!

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Mischief
What would camp be without evening activities? The first night was the epic bonfire. Still mostly strangers, we sat around the blaze in the dark writing out what we wanted to release and what we wished to embody. After listening to a trance-like poem, we chanted and threw our issues away to burn in the fire. S’mores followed: torched in the flames by actual sticks, camp-style with (of course) gluten-free graham crackers available. The next night was the Soulymics which included soul-erized camp games like kombucha and coconut water (in lieu of coke and pepsi). Later that night DJ Tasha Blank brought some get-down to the camp ground with her sick beats and we danced until we were drenched and grinning from ear to ear. The talent show, complete with an actual stage and sets, made us laugh, cry, and scream with excitement. Final night ceremonies included a giant hug fest and the red thread ceremony. By placing the red thread around our wrists we are all still connected long after we leave camp. If we ever forget or feel lost we simply pull on the thread and know our Soul peeps are there. The next morning we said goodbye reluctantly releasing hands and already jonesin’ for next year. Is it time for camp yet?

Soul Camp 2015 registration is already open! Join me next year for all this goodness and more!

5 Things August 2014

5 Things I'm Smitten With
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Fabletics

If you’re anything like me, you’re a little tired of certain spandex scandals in the world of workout wear. You are ready and welcome for anything that is BS free and doesn’t cost your entire next month’s rent for a pair of sub-par, see-through yoga pants. Lucky for you there’s a new kid in town, Fabletics. Lead by the beautiful and talented Kate Hudson, Fabletics is so much more than merely cute active wear, but also a community of support for women that want to get fit. Hudson believes in hip, high-quality, and affordable pieces that are for every-body and everyone. Translation: no thighs are “too big” for her label. The coolest thing about Fabletics is not the clothes, but the crew of experts assembled to help you meet your fitness and wellness goals. I’ve been one of their, Fabletics Masters now for a few months and am OBSESSED with the line. I’m also super proud to be a part of something that encourages women to look good and feel good without asking them to empty their wallets. We all know we workout harder when we like what we see in the mirror reflecting back at us. Check out the latest Fabletics collection, my Masters page, and my latest post on the Fabletics Blog.

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The Bridge
Now in it’s second season, the TV drama, The Bridge will have you perched on the edge of your seat. Based on the Danish/Swedish series of the same name, the American Bridge follows a similar premise. A body is found on the Bridge of the Americas, half on the US side and half on the Mexican side which brings both Mexican and American police together to solve the mystery. The stunning Diane Kruger plays Sonya, a cop with Asperger Syndrome who while brilliant in solving murder puzzles has absolutely no tact or grace when dealing with other humans. Her partner in solving crime, el mucho guapo Mexican actor, Demian Bichir is her perfect counterpart. He is super sexy, sweet, with a little bit of bad boy thrown in. Blend a little corruption, a drug cartel appearance, and infidelity into this murder mystery mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of a show. First season can be found on Netflix and the second is currently airing on FX. I warn you, cancel your early meetings the next morning, because you’ll be up watching all night.

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Rose Lotion
In typical Gemini fashion I get bored with doing anything in routine, and that includes the beauty products I use. So, when I was in the market for a new moisturizer and I just happen to read how Gwenyth Paltrow uses Dr. Hauschkah’s Rose Day Cream. What ever’s good for Gwennie is good for me! I hit up my local beauty supply store and sussed it out. They carried the regular Rose Day cream as well as a light version that I took home with me. There are so many reasons to be crazy about this moisturizer. First off the smell is like a rose garden on your face. It gives me an instant glow and isn’t too heavy for the humid NYC weather. PLUS….Dr. Haushchkah’s products are uber earth conscious. 100% natural and they use ecologically sound methods for growing and sourcing ingredients as well as employing a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process that supports international fair trade initiatives. This is the moisturizer to make you look and feel great.

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Bruno Mars
Last month my Jr. High BFF sent me a text randomly on a Monday, “wanna go to a concert tonight at Madison Square Garden?” Danika and I used to listen to the Grateful Dead in her bedroom after school while plotting our future, so imagine my surprise when she said that we were seeing Pharrell and Bruno Mars? I’m not one to turn down a fun adventure especially one with her, but honestly I didn’t own one Bruno or Pharrell album so I declared in doubt, “isn’t that music just for teeny boppers and tweens?” Well, hilariously enough I knew most of Pharrell’s songs and EVERY ONE of Bruno’s! Looks I’m still a teenager at heart and fit right in with the crowd of kids, parents, and even one boogie-ing Grandma. The concert was non-stop entertainment and while Pharrell had backup dancers like most artists, Bruno and his band sang both back up and danced their booties off. In person all 5’5” of Bruno is pure sex and let’s just face it- this boy can siiiiing! This Moonshine Jungle Tour is worth every penny, filled with pyrotechnics, confetti, and an encore of the Mars man himself playing the drums like a maniac. Needless to say I’m a total fan now and I have a mix of all his albums set on repeat.

 

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Liquiteria Smoothies
Hello. My name is Lindsay and I am a Liquiteria addict. Seriously, it is a problem. For those of you who don’t live in NYC, Liquiteria pioneered the cold pressed juice in their original East Village location. Now that they’ve expanded and landed not one, but two locations near my Union Square Pilates studio, I am in terrible trouble. You’ve heard of the benefits of juicing, but have you heard about the benefits of cold pressed juice? By using this method you pack your juice with easily digestible raw vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. So yes, the juice got me in the door but it’s the smoothies that keep me coming back. There’s the Hangover Cure- papaya, peaches, bananas, apple cider, vanilla almond milk, coconut, their signature liver-kidney-lymph detox for my pickled insides, and just a dollop of honey. There’s the Coffee and Cacao, to satisfy my afternoon coffee yearning with fair-trade coffee, raw cacao, almond butter, bananas, chocolate almond milk, chocolate whey protein, and raw coconut sugar. BUT my all time fav is the Mean Green packed with kale, spinach, mango, bananas, pineapple and pineapple juice. It’s vibrant green color can scare most people, but the sweetness of the pineapple masks all that’s good for you passing even the pickiest of palates. Truth. The offerings at Liquiteria aren’t cheap, you’re gonna drop at least $9 for a smoothie, but it’s worth every penny.