5 Things I’m Smitten With 53

 

Fitist
Before I had my studio, I taught Pilates all over the city. One of my more pleasurable experiences was at Flywheel Sports. I learned to spin, and got to be a part of something on the ground floor, and I met so many fantastic people- including Caroline Levy Limpert. Caroline did press among many other things for Flywheel, and we hit it off right away. Now, about a year later we both have launched our own ventures. Mine, a boutique Pilates studio in Union Square, her’s Fitist, a one-stop website for fitness devotees and those who aspire to be one. Caroline, along with her partner and equally delightful lady, Neda Talebian Funk, are on to something here. These “fitists” have assembled some of the hottest experts like celebrity trainer David Kirsch and well known Pilates mogul, Alycea Ungaro- and invited them to design workout plans for everyone from the tri-athlete to the “rookie”. Partnering with some of NYC’s leading classes and studios, their site is a one-stop-shop to manage, book, and plan your fitness regime. Enjoy perks other than just looking and feeling great- like last minute deals on personal training, massage, and even private Pilates sessions (some with yours truly). If trying to be fit gives you a headache, these ladies will ease your pain.

 

 

Madewell
Ever since my all-time favorite clothing store, Martin and Osa shuttered, I’ve been a fashion ship without an rudder. After months of mourning, I’ve found a new brand for my life, Madewell. Owned by JCrew, Madewell is like their younger, hipper, edgier sister. While they’re still classic and timeless designs (they offer solid basics that will go with everything you already have in you wardrobe), they mix it up with polka dot pants, mis-matched patterns, and bohemian touches like fur collars, bo-ho beads, and combat boots. The designs are the same high quality that you’re used to from J-Crew, at a similar price point. Make sure to sign up for their mailing list to get discounts and be in the know about sales and new styles. Check out their fall lookbook, just be sure to keep a handkerchief handy to wipe up the drool that’s sure to occur.

 

 

Humblebrag
There’s nothing better than false modesty, except maybe the real thing. Addicted to Twitter, I love that I’m capable of perusing the tweet-o-sphere for hilarious little gems. My newest favorite, that’s all the titter of twitter is Humblebrag. The humblebrag is the ultimate ironic statement. You’re so famous that you have to tell everyone you hob-nob with David Beckham, only to add it he is less than stellar. You want everyone to know that you’re a successful novelist, but also that you were pained when you saw someone leaf through your novel only to put it promptly back on the shelf. You’re gorgeous and glamourous enough to be mistaken for Jackie O, but feel the need to make the rest of us ogres feel better by saying they probably thought you were the elderly Jackie O. In other words, the privileged and favored’s laughable views on their lives. Follow them for a daily dose of hilarity and if you hear of any humble brags yourself send them their way!

 

 

Cherries
Summertime means bounty at our local NYC Farmer’s markets. One of my summer favorites are cherries! I eat them straight out of the bowl most times, but lately I’ve been craving some Cherries Jubilee. Here’s the recipe I use. This year I’m getting a cherry pitter to make my life a little easier and make the jubilee materialize faster. Here’s to life being just like a bowl of cherries!

 

Kickstarter
I first heard of Kickstarter when my good friends Lee and Scarlett Cherry, two amazingly talented artists, were using the site to gain funding for their music project- Labor of Love. Scarlett is an incredible singer and together with her husband Lee, they decided to document the birth of their first child musically. It’s a new dawn where artists, musicians, designers, chefs, directors, and writers can bank their dream projects by reaching benefactors where they couldn’t before. This benevolent service resurfaced when my good friend and old neighbor, Christine Haynes who is an budding designer, contacted me about a line of patterns she’s hoping to fashion after her designs using Kickstarter. It’s nice to know that my donation can help artists who need really need it (plus if you give a certain amount you get a gift, GIFTS I said!) So I’m giving what I can to help Christine and you should too. Whether your pockets are deep (or shallow like mine), each dollar makes it way to where it’s needed. So give, just give.