As you read this, I just completed Day 5 of my 12 week Revolt Now Fitness with Nichole Huntsman. She's like having a personal trainer that you can do from your phone (I did that earlier this week as it was a crazy day), tablet (check) and your laptop! More on this in a few paragraphs. As you know, I'm always working out and I'm a huge believer in looking amazing when you're doing it. I am that girl who will still wear makeup, super cute outfits and more as I never think there is a reason to look less than your best. This week, I have been rocking some cute looks and wanted to share a few of my fave key pieces for the next time your hitting the workout routines!
I always rock a bit of pink when I work out, some workouts are intense and a bright hue can make you push through that wall! This pink sports bra by Under Armour is a great way to keep you cool and you can layer a fun tank on top of it if you feel like you don't want to show that much skin. I love pairing this within my Victoria's Secret Pink Colts shorts (although I've lived in NYC for over 10 years, I'm from Indiana originally and this is my fave football team) which is perfect for when you're hitting the gym super hard. When I'm not doing yoga and am doing super cardio, it's all about wearing the right shoes and I love these navy and pink New Balance sneakers. There are times I head to the gym and come home but I still have quite a few things that I take with me so this super cute Hello Kitty duffle is definitely about the business of working out. Since the weather is still chilly here, it's all about the hoodie and I do love a little retro love - so this is Adidas one is the perfect look wherever you're going! Complete the look with a fab accessory that won't get in the way - Catherine Michiels is definitely a great piece. I find that when you're hitting the gym or whatever your workout is (and yes these can be used on a daily basis even when not working out), ENERGYbits can be swallowed with liquid (it's not a pill though) or chewed and is made of 100% algae. It boosts your energy, balances your blood sugar and is also a meal replacement - just to name a few things that it does which can help you.
Now this time of year is crazy, it's post the holiday season, the spring/summer is coming up, I start booking a lot of work and like any woman in this time of year, you want to prep the body to look amazing. So I have been doing a number of workouts and one of them includes Nichole Huntsman's Revolt Now Fitness. I love that she has videos that range between 21 - 40 minutes which allows you to work out, learn why these exercises are beneficial to building muscle and she creates a very conversational tone. In this challenge, if you work out as well as eat the menu that she has set out, you're bound to see significant results within 6 - 12 weeks. I have to say that even after doing it for the past 4 days with her instructed day off, beyond feeling sore, I feel the results beginning which is such a win! I love that for under $10 a month, you have access to her videos and whether you're doing it at home, on the road, etc it's worth making the commitment to yourself. I can tell you that there are times that I double up her workouts or I also go into a number of other routines that I love to do!
As Publisher and Founder of Kitten Lounge, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas Eve! Whether you're traveling to your destination or have already made it, I hope you're having an amazing time and will have an even better 2013. With only a handful of days left of the year, I wanted to include things that have taken place this year with Kitten Lounge as well other brands that I am apart of!
This past Sept, New York Fashion Week came showcasing the best of Spring/Summer 2013 fashions. In addition to Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and Milk Made Fashion Week at Milk Studios in the city, I was so pleased as Paul Farkas and I co-founded and launched, Shoe Week which I serve as the Creative Director for this brand which focuses on a fashion week for shoes. We presented a number of shoes during our runway shows at The Glass Houses, we had a kickoff event that we did with a shoe's best friend - handbags, at Linea Pelle's showroom here in NYC for our Style Tweetup hours before Fashion's Night Out and we had a fab closing party at XVI Lounge focusing on Sneakers! Our sneaker focused closing party, known as Sneaker Sessions was sponsored by Alma Tequila and Hot 97.
Being able to launch a Fashion Week here in NYC with a number of fabulous partners was such a great time and of course we will be presenting a fun showcase during NYFW in a few short weeks as well as a series of events in Sept for Spring/Summer shows again!
2013 for Shoe Week will be phenomenal as we're styling a number of shows throughout the year for a number of global Fashion Weeks, lookbooks and of course our industry focused events through the key portions of Fashion Week calendars! As an Accessories Expert, it's definitely amazing to share and pair phenomenal footwear designers with apparel designers whether they're brands that I have always loved, have become obsessed with overtime - with a need to share their brand with an audience of buyers, media and influentials.
Part of doing anything is getting the right mindset and if you're thinking of tackling your workout, then you should outfit yourself for sure! I have come across some phenomenal items to add to your look! I'm a huge fan of mixing it up whether it's a jog in the park, Exhale Spa's Cardio Core Fusion, yoga and more. When I just hit a few of my favorites in the gym, I love rocking a pair of shorts such as these by Adidas as well as giving love to my alma mata, Indiana University with this Victoria's Secret Pink athletic tee! To ensure the perfect messy bun, I love these Jilly Bands which allows your hair to be pulled back without having undue stress put on it (and I love the range of colors - a must in my beauty pack no matter what). Keep time with 180Limited which is a fab rubber watch which comes in a square and circle face option. I'm all about drinking water and love this glass bottle from bkr which not onl y has a silicone sleeve (once again choose your colors) but also has a cap where the handle is slightly tilted which is easier to hold in your hand as it fits in the curve of your hand.
Finally, it's all about the shoes and ensuring that they're not even good for your feet but that of course they look amazing with your look. I've been wearing these Therafit Shoe sneakers since my press trip in Jamaica! I love how it supports my arches and allows me to have cushioned layers. Dr. Lisa Masterson, who appears on The Doctor's created this shoe to empower women not only in the gym but throughout their lifestyle. There are so many hues that are available that we're excited to give you the opportunity to win a pair. Tweet @TherafitShoe and @KittenLounge how you will be healthier in 2013 with the hashtag #lifestyle2013 and we will select 1 winner on New Year's Eve.
It has been an amazingly busy week and we're days away from debuting Shoe Week which has a number of events that will be included within its shoe focus. One of the many events include Sneaker Concert which is a sneaker event which will take place at XVI Lounge in NYC. This night will include sneaker heritage as well as premium ones! This event will have a number of your fave athletes as well as celebs. We can't share all the details but we can say that this event will mix sneakers x sport x music and of course fashion together.
Team Kitten Lounge has been riveted to the Olympics! From fashionable history to great individual and team sports - what's not to like? Right before we watched the races that included Ryan Lochte Saturday night, I had the chance to watch a story surrounding him about his closet and his love for sneakers (can I also say that I love his accessories as well)! Above we had to show you a bit of his closet, his cover in June 2012's Vogue and his fabulous limited edition Colored Soles that he he created in collaboration with Speedo as he's definitely a style icon! Finally, I thought it was just me but yes that is Ryan rocking his diamond grill next to his Olympic Gold metal. Who knows what this upstate NYer will be up to post the games whether he models, creates a swimwear line or continues to design shoes! I love that he's not afraid to rock his personal style and I have to say that he has an open invitation to come to Shoe Week as we'll be rocking out at our Sneaker Concert event that would be right up his alley!
Sometimes it's difficult to go to the gym as much as I want to depending on my schedule but as you know, I have been heading to Lucille Robert for the past month to show you all the elements that are great about this gym with our readers. The biggest takeaway is that Emily is my trainer and she always teaches me little things that I can work on regardless of when I see her! This week, this came in handy when I didn't hit the gym as much as I wanted between doing lunges, wall push ups and more! I definitelyl suggest a trainer whether you do this weekly, once a month etc as they can spot you and let you know how better form can be a benefit for your ongoing excercises. More importantly, they can let you know about modifications that make it easier to your routines as you work up to doing it a standard way or to make you feel comfortable!
Of course, I work out best when I feel good which means - an outfit is essential! I am obsessed with Reebok sneakers as I love how it distributes my weight easily and that my feet are completely supported. I also love wearing socks by New Balance as they have just enough cushion! With the fabulous weather, I love that I can dress straight for the gym and throw on a hoodie to block the slight chill so this means that capri exercise pants are the perfect item to rock out in. Nike has a great pair that's puffed. I always keep it simple with tanks (although the other day I was working out in my Lakers tank) such as this one which is perfect for yoga by Tek Gear.
I hope that everyone is as excited as I was last week when I was in the Ideeli showroom for an editor's preview! I have been a fan of Desigual for quite sometime and to hear that this afternoon they launched footwear on one of my favorite sites - I was pretty ecstatic. Whether you're looking for low top sneakers, flip flops, sandals, heels and more - you'll love that there are quite a few options. The sale is only for the day so definitely make sure that you click to get your pair to complete your spring and summer looks. If you have yet to sign up for ideeli which connects you with a number of brands that are your fave or will be your new ones - click here and sign up!
Tuesday night, I received a fab invite to the Havaianas Spring 2012 Editors preview event. What I loved most about this event was that you totally felt the experience of getting ready for the summer! Not only did we enjoy Leblon Capirinha's, yummie tuna tacos with mango shots, created our embellished Havaianas, scored a fab pair of sneakers from the brand within their Soul Collection and of course enjoying their Spring 12 collection in general. Enjoy pictures from this fun event by visiting Kitten Lounge's Facebook page!
We're also doing a fun giveaway for you to win one of the new Havaianas Soul Collection to rock this summer! Tell is what your favorite treat is when it comes to resting during the summer and you could win! This giveaway takes place starting now with a winner being selected on Friday, March 30th at noon! See the rest of the pictures from the party thanks to Team Havaianas!
Yes it's still the summer but like my wardrobe that is for being out and about, my workout gear also transitions as well! I am a huge fan of rocking black and grey when exercising and many times when I am doing a class, I love to layer it up as well. There's nothing cuter than cropped yoga pants which are from Fila and are all about performance. Include a simple tank like this one from Splendid and a cute cropped terry tee by Stella McCartney and you're ready for the fitness runway as well as looking fab! Pop on your Ryka sneakers and to pull your hair back, Forever 21 has a great scarf with just a bit of color. Grab your Adidas bag which also allows you to run around right after to whatever the day may take you. Keep it fresh by putting The Body Shop's gentle facial cleansing wipes. As you guys know, we're getting closer and closer to NYFW so I also pop in one of my super nutritious snacks from Fresh Diet so that I can snack in a healthy way!
As I mentioned last week, it's all about staying healthy on Kitten Lounge whether it's for a designated event or your lifelong process. Each Fri, you're going to find fab ways to get styled to look fab but to dress appropriately at the gym. Right now, my obsession is workout leggings! Not only are they comfy but it pulls together your look in such a great way! Stella McCartney's yoga stretch jersey pants are definitely a must! I've been wearing these pants this week during my workouts. I love tanks and once again this Nike tank has that great fashionable look while also being suitable for hitting the machines. Complete the look by this brands' hoodie - especially when the weather begins to turn. I love Puma's and this is a cute look. I love sporting grey and black and although I pair down my jewelry when I work out, I don't exercise without at least a little bling. I'm loving Emily Armenta's ring which is definitely something you'll notice when you're on the elliptical.
Earlier this week, I've been tweeting out about Fresh Diet. No I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight as I'm a size 2 but I do believe that it's important to stay toned. As you know, I'm always traveling for work, running to events and attending brand meetings for collaborations. This means I'm grabbing food on the go or I'm so tired when I get home that I may not be making the most healthy choices (or falling asleep out of pure exhaustion). Whether you're like is super crazy or you feel that you need portion control, Fresh Diet is a customizable meal plan that creates order out of your culinary life. First you select how long your plan will be for (mine is a month), how many calories you wish to eat (I picked 1100 - 1200) and then comes the fun part. Go to your pantry and select the items that you don't like by food category. This will help you when you start selecting your daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert - if you opt out of dessert you can have another snack or appetizer) as it will alert you when an ingredient you don't like is included within an item you selected. For every meal, you choose between a small selection of items and each day, you get a new series of items to choose from! Once you select, you wait for your meal to arrive which is at your door (or in my case doorman). When you've completed your meal, you can place your bag outside and they swap it - no intrusion, no worries about waiting around for the delivery and all the heating instructions are included on your handy dandy menu. I'm a huge fan and have had such a fab selection and I love that a rep reaches out to ask how everything is going. If you need to halt a delivery, everything can be managed within your account online - easy! It's definitely worth checking out and I love that they are sponsoring us in our #KLFitness as we tone up for Fashion Week.
Even though we're in the midst of the summer and have yet to hit the "dog days of summer", we have to think about how our summer look transitions into fall. His style is all about keeping it easy but making sure he is always prepared. There is something to be said about mixing the two wardrobes as it ensures that your look will gradually change. I'm loving Michael Kors' Seersucker Plaid Modern Fit Shorts which is great for the fall with its great colors! You can pair these with Gap's short sleeved v-necks which are always perfect to have on hand. I love these Adidas Sneakers which was apart of Porsche Design's collaboration (Porsche Design x Adidas) which has such a fab fit. As the weather turns, you can still wear this look a little while longer to lobster boils, bonfires and more by pairing it up with a Cashmere Zip Hoodie from J Crew!
I love days where we can get a lot of work done and be cozy while doing it. Maybe you need to run around the corner to get something from the store or to meet up with friends for coffee. Who doesn't want a super cute tote that you can put in a few items (cards to hang out, a book to return and more) as you run your errands. I love that you have a cute sweatshirt tunic that can be paired with leggings when being outside and just worn around the house with nothing underneath as you update your calendars. In addition, rock your Converse sneakers as we head that much more into the holiday season. There are a number of ways to look cute when you're lounging and working on items.
So while I have been in and out, DJ Eloy has been DJing on a cruise for about a month and will then switch off to doing it some more during Japan Music Week next month in Tokyo! Now I think DJs definitely have a cool vibe and seeing that he is a fan of wearing the whole denim, sneakers and zippies - I thought of a look that I would love to see him rock on his next gig! I definitely think that he would approve. I'm a huge fan of Adidas and he loves Star Wars so this Wookiees jacket is super comfortable and yet very him, thrown over a simple grey tee - he's ready to go! Converse has a fun line of Jimi Hendrix shoes and I love the pair above - I don't think that I have ever seen him in Converse but I do believe that it's something that he could rock (even if it's only to go to 2nd Ave Deli - his fave spot) and of course, pair it all with fab jeans! Follow DJ Eloy on his site or on his Facebook page.
Yesterday I hit the gym after taking a bit of a break. I always exercise but I wanted to focus on strength training and more. With that in mind, I'm a big believer in dressing for the part! With that said, I love Victoria's Secret Pink, I work out in it, lounge and travel in it! One of the best collaborations that VS Pink could have done is create lines of clothing from universities! I love wearing my Alma Mata, Indiana University and having a little bling with yoga pants is perfect! The fact that it's grey is also a huge bonus and of course, I love pairing it with a simple tank top.
Finish this look off with Stella McCartney - I love her collaboration with Adidas the sneakers are cute and have a very fashionable flair and I love the bag which can hold everything that you feel you need!
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