Apps to Keep you Fit 2015

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One way to keep your motivation as strong in September as it is in January is by using technology. Wearables and apps are increasingly popular tools for keeping fitness routines on track, with 45% of consumers saying they are very or somewhat likely to pick up a fitness wearable in the next year.

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and fastest 4G LTE network, has some suggestions for how to keep your fitness goals on track using wearables and apps.

For example:

· The Misfit Shine is not the clunky, unfashionable fitness tracker you’re used to. It can be worn as a necklace, watch, sneaker attachment or shirt attachment and is just about the size of a quarter. Don’t let the small size fool you, though – this thing delivers mighty results. It tracks steps, activities (even swimming!) and sleep. You can use the accompanying app to set goals and track your progress as well.
· Boring bathroom scales need not apply – the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale measures your weight, body fat percentage and BMI, giving you a snapshot of your progress over time. After setting it up with a computer or smartphone, the scale automatically and wirelessly syncs your progress with charts and graphs through your Wi-Fi network to your private Fitbit account. It can also be programmed for up to 8 different people, so your family can join in on your resolution too!
· Put your smartphone to work – work out, that is! With the Lose It! app, you can set goals, track calories and exercise, and stay motivated. Plus, it syncs seamlessly with tons of other apps, including Nike+ and RunKeeper, so you don’t have to manually enter data.
· Confused by nutrition labels, good fat versus bad fat and how much sugar you should be eating in a day (don’t worry, I am too!)? Try Fooducate, the app that’s like bringing a dietician to the supermarket. Simply scan a barcode and see product highlights, a comparison between products and healthier alternatives.

For more ways to use technology to help with fitness, check out Verizon Wireless’ Fitness Fan page

Drink Up & Veg Out at KTCHN with Urban Greens Juice Cocktails

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Drink Up & Veg Out at KTCHN and The OUT Hotel with Urban Greens

Premium Juice and Juice Cocktails Available from Jan 18th

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Make detoxing fun this January with Urban Greens’ new range of unique green juice cocktails available exclusively at KTCHN Restaurant and The OUT Hotel.

A unique twist on brunch cocktails, the four specialty drinks are made from organic, raw juices and premium spirits and provide another choice to the ubiquitous Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. Available from Sunday 18th January, each deliciously fun and healthy cocktail will complement a Sunday brunch perfectly.

·       Beet Smash – $15
Hennessey + Urban Greens Beet juice + Muddled mint and orange

·       Café Green – $16
Café Patron + Stoli Vanilla + Baileys Irish Cream + Urban Greens Spinach juice

·       Greenhound – $18
Grey Goose vodka + Cointreau + Grapefruit juice + Urban Greens Kale juice

·       Chialini – $16
Champagne + St. Germain + Urban Greens Pineapple Pear Chia juice

If you prefer a more traditional juice experience, patrons will be able to pick up bottles of pure juice, available in two flavors from Spring 2015. For guests of the hotel, juices are available now as a premium amenity upon making a reservation.

Urban Greens is available at The OUT Hotel, its on-site restaurant KTCHN, and online only. Urban Greens is dedicated to creating nutritious, eco-friendly raw beverages and snacks using the highest quality ingredients, and just like the days of the milkman, Urban Greens are packaged only in reusable glass bottles.

Join us on Sunday January 18th between 11am and 4pm at KTCHN for the launch of this unique healthy cocktail menu, or head down at any one of the four following Sundays to try out this new cocktail and enjoy brunch with Haus of Mimosa’s Auntie Anita and Auntie Gina Marie for the ultimate Sunday Funday.

A Perfect Date at TakaTaka

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TakaTaka in New York is an awesome little restaurant in South Village that is a perfect gem!  It is a fusion of Mexican and Japanese food with a really cool twist. Not only do they have conveyer belt sushi, but they also have delicious new additions on their menu for 2015.  I was so lucky to go check out the new menu and we both left very full and satisfied!

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They have incredible cocktails like the Lychee Martini and fresh juice mixed drinks!

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All the sushi was made with perfectly and plated in a beautiful way! Interesting ingredients like jalepenos and avocado, guacamole and cilantro creates a really yummy combination and unique dining experience.

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The best part is the service. The waitress and waiters are friendly and take the time to explain each item and also give recommendations. It may seem a bit intimating to go to a fusion restaurant for the first time but trust me everything is delicious and not too wild but still edgy! We asked a lot of questions and they were able to answer all of them.

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 What a cool way to serve Mochi Ice Cream!

IMG_0071_2There is also Happy Hour every Thursday with $5 Sushi and Cocktails!  I will definitely be back again. Check out Taka Taka next time you are in New York for a truly unique experience.

Taka Taka NYC 

West Broadway & Grand St., SoHo
Tel. 212-966-8252

*Photos taken with iPhone 5 and Wide Angle / Fisheye Lens from Sesame Gifts

Hair How-To: Chrissy Teigen’s Golden Globes Look

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John Legend may have won the Golden Globe last night for Best Original Song but it’s Chrissy Teigen who stole the Red Carpet spotlight with her blush pink sheath gown and super chic, tousled pony.

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Celebrity Hairstylist and International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional, Giannandrea  (pictured above with the happy couple), was inspired to create an effortless style that pulled her hair up and away from the face and neck, allowing the detailed dress to really shine. It was a modern, elegant take on the playful pony, which perfectly accented the rest of her look.
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See the step-by-step “how to” with product recommendations below:

Step 1: Apply Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer on wet hair before blow drying the whole head with a large round brush, to create ample volume at the roots and length

Step 2: Use a 1-inch curling iron and curl the whole head in waves

Step 3: Once the hair was set in waves, use a generous dollop of Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream and run hands throughout the hair, using fingers to create supple separation and texture all the way through the ends

Step 4: Gather hair into a high pony tail, slightly below the crown. Tie the pony into an elastic band and take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band covering it. Keep the pony playful by using your fingers to open it up and make it wide, textured and volumized

Step 5: Make sure it’s not too tight around the face by creating volume at the front with separation. Leave some flyaways on the sides for an effortless look

Step 6:  Spray in place with Macadamia Control Working Spray to protect against humidity and set for a night out

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