Summer Fitness Trends!

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There’s never a bad time to get in shape and look great, but what better time than the summer? Here’s what you should do step by step!

 

Start By Seeing a Doctor

Whenever you’re thinking about making a change to your diet and exercise regime, you should first discuss things with a doctor. They’ll be able to make sure you’re on the right path and aren’t making a misstep. They’ll also give you extra tips and hints that could make the weight loss process a little easier.

This is especially important if you are older or have medical conditions that could make changing your lifestyle that little bit more risky. If you’re over the age of 65, Medicare will cover the cost of your visit, so you won’t have to worry about it costing too much. And it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Focus on Cardio Exercise

A lot of people will try to tell you that there are specific exercises you should be doing if you want to get rid of stomach fat. And that there are other exercises to do if you want to get rid of fat on your thighs. But don’t listen to these people. There is no way to make sure you lose weight from a specific part of your body.

That means the best way to lose fat, no matter where it is on your body, is by doing plenty of cardiovascular activity. This means pushing your body hard by running or cycling. You can do pretty much anything that gets your muscles working and your heart pumping fast.

Limit Your Carbs

Your diet is, of course, vital when you’re trying to lose some weight. It doesn’t need to be too complicated though. In fact, it can be pretty simple and straightforward. Just limit your carbohydrates and any foods with a high calorie count. These are the foods that cause you to put on and retain fat.

It’s not enough to just eat bad foods less often though. You also need to monitor your portion size. Far too many people don’t realize that they pile more food than they need on their plate. So, be careful and think about how much you’re giving yourself when you dish up for dinner.

 

Replenish Your Wardrobe

The final step in the process is making sure your wardrobe is looking as great as your body for the summer. Make sure you move all those winter essentials to one side and focus on the summer items. Don’t throw away the good stuff from last summer like a lot of people do, just add some new items to what you already have.

Pick out a few items that are versatile and can be used in a number of different scenarios. These offer you the best value for money. And a simple patterned dress is a must for the summer, so don’t forget that. Then buy a range of accessory items that can be used to brighten up any outfit.

Now you know everything you need to know about getting in shape and looking great this summer.

Amex Gold Card Alexander Wang Event

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Last night, American Express brought together media and influencers to celebrate its iconic American Express Gold Card and the new benefits recently added to the popular Premier Rewards Gold Card (the flagship Gold product).

The American Express Gold Card Celebration

Guests enjoyed newly debuted cocktails and dishes from Gabrielle Hamilton, head chef of popular NYC restaurant Prune, like her twist on the classic deviled eggs, which she spruced up with golden trout roe.  Others on the scene included the original Alexander Wang Dress made of 500+ Amex Gold Cards, Ashley Merriman of The Waverly Inn, DJ Chelsea Leyland, Rodrigo Bazan of Alexander Wang, Mazack Rassi of Milk Studios, Brandee Brown, Vashtie Kola.

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Guests also mingled through interactive elements that brought the new dining and travel benefits of the Gold Card to life. They enjoyed cocktails in an imagined airplane cabin, dined in a pop-up-version of Grand Central Oyster Bar, and enjoyed captivating views in a gold-tufted seating area on the breezy, outdoor terrace.

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The American Express Gold Card Celebration

When it arrived on the scene nearly 50 years ago, the Amex Gold Card set the standard for credit cards and also brought with it a cache. Now, Amex celebrates the Card Members who set the gold standard today, embodying values such as hard work, resilience and creativity that define success.
Throughout the year, Amex will showcase creative collaborations by notable Card Members—all to celebrate the new Gold Card– including Alexander Wang (who custom designed a dress out of 500+ Amex Gold Cards); Gabrielle Hamilton, head chef of Prune (who will be providing original cocktails and menu items for the party); Cole Rise, travel photographer; and Jack Sutter, creator of TGT wallets.

#OBSESSED with Cosplay: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics S/S 2015

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Surely by now you’ve heard of the new by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Cosplay, right? It’s now officially available! As expected, OCC does not disappoint in the pigment department. Super-saturated as always, long lasting and head turning colors that are to die for.

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Make up artists, other bloggers and myself were lucky enough to be invited to the OCC Flagship store in Manhattan, where we were the first to see the new S/S 2015 Collection. When I heard that the new range was called Cosplay, my first thought was, “Oh! So it’s was inspired by cosplay or cosplayers, literally.” Cosplay by definition, is the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction.

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OCC Flagship Store, NYC.

After speaking with founder, David Klasfeld first hand, the idea of the range is actually a more abstract take on the act of cosplaying and more inspirational. When I think of cosplay, I think of dressing up like Wonder Woman. The line is inspired by and gives wearers a mature hero, like Jessica Lang. It’s a playful take on a serious line, like OCC. The colors give you the opportunity to change into a new version of you, without actually dressing up! Though personally, I’d love to dress up like Constance Langdon from American Horror Story season one.

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Here I am, speaking with OCC founder, David Klasfeld.

Normally, I’m a girl that loves pinks and nudes. Maybe I’ll wear a deep wine colored lip if I’m feeling dark. Wanting to be daring, I mixed Cosplay, the teal-toned matte green, with Femme, a true baby matte pink, and it gave me this gorgeous sea foam green!

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Cosplay/Femme Lip Tar combo matched one of their original color nail lacquers!

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I also tried Technopagan and Black Dahlia, both Metallics.

Hyper saturated, the Lip Tars and matching Nail lacquers combine for a monochromatic look, as shown below.

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Attendees trying out Lip Tars. Loved the monochromatic beauty on the left. She rocked Cosplay!

In case you didn’t already know, all Lip Tar finishes contain organic hemp oil and soy-derived vitamin E, for a finish that feels as good as it looks. They also contain peppermint oil, which feels oh-so refreshing!

You can purchase OCC products on their site. Guess it’s time to shop!

Best Xo,

Andrea

#RevitalizeMe with Dove at Gov Ball NYC

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My very first music festival was epic!  I joined beauty bloggers and editors at the swanky DOVE VIP Cabana to enjoy music, sun and food in style! The amazing technology of beauty development from Dove speaks for itself. The marketing and product development team showed the density of Dove foam versus other brands.

 Using fruit as a demo, the orange skins were also washed with Dove remained plump and moisturized vs the ones that were not (dried out exposure).

Dove decked us out in festival gear! we had flowerhead bands, water bottles, bubble guns, Dove dry shampoo, Dove dry spray, sunglasses, manicures  and metallic tattoos!

Huge thanks to Dove for an incredible and unforgettable weekend!

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