I’ve been a fan of Kathy’s for a looooong time, so this really is one of those bucket list moments for me! Hope you’ll take a listen. Who knows what we’ll end up talking about?? Kathy Kaehler
I’ve been a fan of Kathy’s for a looooong time, so this really is one of those bucket list moments for me! Hope you’ll take a listen. Who knows what we’ll end up talking about?? Kathy Kaehler
If you follow me on social media, you know that I’m right smack-dab in the middle of 15 Days of Fitness. It’s going SO great, I actually have something exciting in store for you guys in August. More on that later.
Now, I know we’ve all heard of this and thought about trying it but I, for one, had never had the pleasure. Then, I tried my friend’s the other day and fell in love. It quickly became my new kitchen favorite! After using it a few times, I was in love!
Here’s the conundrum.
Picture it. My BeautyFrosting 2nd Bloggiversary. April 16th, 2014.
You have 70 bloggers as guests. Fashionistas – who are foodies – who are fit – who are fabulous…who also have to be photograph-ready at all times. And you also have cocktails. And, um, cake.
So corndogs and pizza are definitely out of the question. But what you do when you have a houseful of nutritionally-minded mavens who are hungry but don’t want to blow their diets and want to be healthy but don’t want to sacrifice taste?
Well, there’s only one way to turn – my godsend – Paleta.
I’ve been a fan of Paleta for a while now – ever since I met Chef Kelly and learned about her passion for pleasing the palate while promoting health through healing. What sort of healing? The kind of healing that comes from eating farm-to-table fresh and filling your body with whole foods.
My guests couldn’t stop gushing about the eats. I was shocked at how much these girls could put back. Sorry, y’all, just speaking the truth here. It was refreshing to see my fashionista friends ACTUALLY EATING at a party. It’s a rarity – like seeing Bigfoot or something. But, yep, that’s how good it was.
I did have one complaint though. My guests ate ALL the satay and I never got a taste!!! I was craving it so much after hearing everyone rave about it that I actually just ate a spoonful of the spicy peanut sauce. Oh, don’t you judge.
Next up for me? After a month of Coachella, trips to Palm Springs and events galore (see aforementioned cake and cocktails), I’m gonna give Paleta Home Meal Delivery a try. At the very least, I’ll be giving myself the gift of health and at best, I may lose a few pounds so I can be a swimmie siren this summer. Lofty goals, I know, but I really do think Paleta can help me get there!
Thanks so much, Chef Kelly and Paleta for being a BIG part of my very special day!
BF Asks: Which Paleta delicacy are you most craving now?
Oh, how I love the tex-mex food at Mi Cocina in Dallas. I know you’ve heard me wax nostalgic over my favorite family haunt in a few of these blogs so you know what I mean. But here’s the thing. I have been spinning and working out regularly here in LA and knowing I was going to be home for 12 days, I knew if I was going to be enjoying that oh-so-yummy queso and those delicious chips and tasty margaritas, I was going to have to come up with a Dallas fitness plan to keep in shape.
Naturally, I took to social media to find out where to go and the answer was unanimous: Flywheel Highland Park. When I asked my Facebook friends about it, I received dozens of comments with suggestions for Flywheel instructors they loved and even a super sweet big ole Texas welcome on Facebook from instructors, Mark S., Cristin C. and Kelly M.
How could I not love this place?
Well, love it I did. And Troy Aikman is also my biggest fitness inspiration…but more on that later…
First impressions. My first impression of FlyWheel Highland Park was clean, clean, CLEAN! With streamlined lockers, elegance to spare and my beloved Bliss products in the bathroom, it felt more like a spa than your standard spin studio. And for a beauty blogger like myself, that is a MAJOR plus. I mean luxury and losing weight? Yeah, I can do that. Plus, they supply the spin shoes for free (many studios don’t) so that’s worth its weight in gold right there.
Instructors. I ended up going to classes for 8 of the 10 full days I was there. Yep. It was that good. My family was impressed. My friends couldn’t believe it, “But you’re on vacaaaaaation!” My mom actually went with me the first day for our class with Missy Q who was just as adorable and energetic as they come. Great music, great energy and super supportive to boot! She was especially supportive of my 67-year-old mom who was attending her first spin class! Go Mom!! I ended up attending a few of Missy’s classes and left each time feeling amazing! Another favorite instructor was Mark S. Mark was full of happy, encouraging energy and had a powerful playlist both times I went to his classes. Overall, there wasn’t one instructor that I wouldn’t go back to.
What Makes It Different. At Flywheel, they really emphasize the importance of using your resistance or – as they call it – torq. This was a new approach to me. At my regular spin studio in LA, we sweat it out more with speed. But I loved getting this different take on it. And it obviously worked – as I’d lost 2 lbs when I got home! And remember, y’all, this was over the HOLIDAYS. Mission accomplished. Many folks who are more competitive than me also enjoy that they keep a digital “TorqBoard” in class so you can see how you compare to your fellow riders. It wasn’t for me but then again I’ve never been the competitive sort. I’m the cheerleader sort. But I talked to a few fellow classmates and they swear it is the edge that propels them forward in every class. I also loooooove that you can view your stats, calories burned, average RPM and see how you compete with your fellow Flywheel classmates privately by looking at the “My Performance” tab on your online account. I wish every studio did this! Not only is it helpful to know these details as you’re getting in shape but it also inspires and encourages you every step of the way.
Bonus? I’ll just say this: If I was able to ride next to Troy Aikman EVERY day of my life, I would be in the BEST shape of my life. Yep, Troy was my FlyWheel buddy for two days. Ahhhh, memories.
Prices. The prices are a little cheaper than my studio here in LA. And yet the amenities are amaaaazing. I mean, the Bliss products alone!! It’s 1 class for $25, 5 classes for $117.50, 10 classes for $225 or 20 classes for $400. If I were living in Dallas though, I’d DEFINITELY-without-a-doubt opt for the $180/month unlimited special. It’s a deal, y’all!
Overall. I HIGHLY recommend Flywheel Highland Park if you’re relocating to Dallas or just visiting there like I was. Like me, you will love the clean and luxe facilities, super comfy bikes (seriously, I’ve never felt a more comfortable bike seat in my life of spinning) and the sweet and accommodating staff who specialize in customer care. Also, for you new riders, there is a super helpful staff member there at the beginning of every class to help you get all set up and feel comfortable while doing it. Love that!
And I love the fact that now whenever I go home, I also have a home studio that I can call mine. Thanks, Flywheel!
BF Asks: What’s your favorite way to get in shape?
I almost couldn’t decide on a title for this blog! Is it Fitness Friday or Foodie Friday? Well, it’s really both. You see, as much as I may hate to admit it, I am indeed a girl-on-the-go.
And if I don’t watch it, this can wreak havoc on my body, health and skin. When protein bars and Starbucks lattes just won’t keep you satisfied, fulfilled or nourished, it’s time to look for another option, Los Angeles.
Lucky for me, I am an avid devotee of Paleta meal delivery.
So, I was one of the first to hear about the beautiful new program Paleta has going with complexion powerhouse, Sonya Dakar – the Get Glowing! Beauty Detox ($229).
For $229, you get a two-day beauty & body overhaul thanks to the women who know beauty, body and bounty best. This two-day detox has everything you need to get you feeling your beautiful best fast!
Delivered straight to your door each morning,
you’ll open your Paleta bag (complemented by a cheerful, sweet, seasonal gerber daisy) to find farm-to-table-fresh cold-pressed juices, veggie smoothies, one energy bar per day, Paleta’s signature (and my favorite) Magic Milkshakes, end-of-the-day bath salts to flush out those pesky toxins and Sonya Dakar’s signatue skincare regimen with age-fighting vitamins and antioxidants.
Each component – the nutrition and the skincare – will deliver dynamic results on their own but, together, they are a powerhouse. The two-week Sonya Dakar skincare system includes a gentle micro scrub, detox face wash, moisturizer, sunblock and an organic omega booster serum to cleanse, nourish, hydrate and plump the skin – leaving it glowing and gorgeous.
Speaking from personal experience, I felt detoxified,cleansed, rehydrated, energized, lighter and wasn’t left hungry (an impossible feat in itself!). Bonus? I lost 5 lbs in 2 days after a wild weekend.
Best still? My skin was utterly glooooowing.
Which was perfect for my appearance on Access Hollywood Live.
Bottom line? I needed to feel my beautiful best and Paleta and Sonya Dakar delivered the goods. And this beautiful Get Glowing! Beauty Detox can help you too.
And just for being a BeautyFrosting reader, you can get 10% off any Paleta first order of Get Glowing! Beauty Detox, meal delivery, cleanses or juice detoxes. Just use the code, BEAUTYFROSTING10.
BF Asks: What do you snack on when you’re on the go and trying to stay healthy?
When it comes to summer, I always think of packing for camp with trial-size beauty products. It was an exciting time for me because I was allowed to try new products that usually wouldn’t be an option. And, oh how I loved their cute little packaging!
Well, with FabFitFun VIP box ($49.99/every 3 months), any season can remind me of new summer beauty products! But while the packaging is super cute, the products are neither small nor trial size.
This was my second VIP box to enjoy and I enjoyed it even more than the first!
In this Summer VIP box came:
*Evian Facial Spray (rehydrating & refreshing)
*it Haircare Surf Spray (for beautiful, beachy waves)
*Orly Nail Polish in a fab & fun neon orange
*Infinity Sun Glow On The Go self-tanner
*Catalina Su lip gloss (a shimmering, pink champagne shade)
*YES to Cucumbers Soothing Towlettes.
*A maple glazed pecan & sea salt KIND bar
And, then there were my 2 FAVE products –
*Purlisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk cleanser and
*Ivory+Mason hip-meets-retro sunglasses!
I love both these brands and the fact that they were in my VIP box this month definitely made me feel a little summer lovin’!
If you wanna get a little seasonal lovin’ from FabFitFun VIP, just use this code to get $10 off your first VIP box: If you want to sign up use code 652254 for $10 off your first box!
BF Asks: Which of these goodies would be your favorite?
I don’t know about you guys but from running a beauty & lifestyle blog, one thing is clear to me: we all want to look and feel as young and gorgeous as possible. No one likes admitting to this fact because, well, there’s A LOT more to life than that but still, the fact that beauty and fitness blogs are so popular is just more evidence of this.
That’s why I personally can’t wait to try YouthH2O Age Defying system shot of superfoods!
It says that by drinking this superfood-laden beverage, your skin will glow, your immune system will be stronger and you’ll gain more youthful energy. Um, okay, sign me up!
Plus, it’s caffeine-free, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free! Free of all you don’t want and chock-full of fat-burners, vitamins and everything you do want!
Plus, it’s just become available in New York this month at Duane Reade stores!
BF Asks: Have you tried the superfood shot, YouthH2O, yet? What was your experience?
Okay, I have refrained from posting this two times because I’m kinda reticent about telling you guys about my new favorite place. See…if I tell you, you’ll wanna go and then you’ll go and then your friends’ll go and then I won’t be able to get a bike. Tear.
But I decided that’s selfish.
And I – as BeautyFrosting – refuse to be selfish. Sooooo…here ya go! My new favorite find and my girl crush all in one place. Thanks Whitney Lader of hoopLA for introducing me to my little fitness heaven. With 50 pounds gone and 20 more to go, I’m gonna get super fit thanks to this place!!
I have a girl crush. It’s best I just come out and admit it.
She’s made me fall in love with fitness again so how could I not have a crush on her?
Besides being full of energy and spiritual motivation, Heather boogies throughout the class keeping you on your toes, motivating you to do your best and reminding you that you can accomplish ANYTHING. And she doesn’t just mean what you can accomplish in class.
I like her so much that I’ve started calling her the Reverend. I have had some spiritual moments in her 9:30 am Sunday morning classes. Last week, I even cried. Don’t judge. I’m in the early stages of the moving process as I just got kicked out of my apartment. And she was playing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Yep, The Rolling (f’ing) Stones. And her message before it was exactly what I needed to hear at that exact moment.
So what makes Auracycle different from any other spin studio in town?
Well, it starts with the appearance.
Think Virgin Airlines meets laid back dance club meets spa. Oh, you haven’t seen that before? Well, neither had I…until now.
Then, there’s the “show” element . The patent-pending Aura lighting design is something to behold – and get fit – to. Think the “Light-Brite” days of your youth. Soothing, inspiring and invigorating LED lights are moving along with the music, dimming and lighting up as you spin away.
For the physical element, you’re burning oodles of calories and fat all while feeling like you’re at a dance party. But unlike so many spin classes, here they don’t neglect your upper body and body’s need to stretch. You get a super comprehensive light arm weight workout and a good, comprehensive stretch sesh at the end of every class. I usually wake up the next day feeling stronger, longer, leaner, more refreshed and not writhing in pain.
Then, there’s the spiritual element. Hang with me here. I’m not gettin’ religious on ya. Heather is somehow able to whip your butt physically while renewing you emotionally and spiritually. While your stress and body break down the toxins and fat in the best way, your spirit is being built up by the minute.
Plus, this girl knows how to jam. Whether it’s 80s (my favorite! more please, Heather!), Beyonce, Kanye, Rolling Stones, 30 Seconds To Mars, some indie awesomeness or whatever else is tickling her tablet – and our fancy – her tunes will warm you up, rev you up, get you up and over that hill and then cool you down. And then you’re all ready set for a blue ribbon kind of day. (* I’m so addicted to Heather’s playlists that I’ve asked her to contribute a post for Music Monday…stay tuned!)
I am now addicted to Auracycle and I blame my girl crush – the “Rev Heath”, if you will.
Her energy is contagious. And I wanna catch it! Anyone who can inspire that many people in that short a time has something magical going on and even more magic up ahead of them. I’m happy to meet her early on in her journey.
Between the lighting, the mixed bag of music and the yogi-infused teaching, you’re sure to get fit and feel fabulous. The best part? Sometimes I enjoy it so much that later that day, I forget that I’ve worked out!!! Seriously. I enjoy it that much. And yet even though it’s fun and inspiring, you feel like you treated yourself for the day!
And then, there are the treats at the end of class. Instead of a sticker after a dentist’s office visit or a piece of candy after the pediatrician (do they still do that, by the way?), your treat after your kickass Auracycle class is a eucalyptus-infused cool towel. I look forward to this more than what is considered normal. It’s a slice of heaven for your head.
Oh, you say you’re thirsty afterward? Didn’t eat breakfast? Need some potassium reinforcement? Check out their juices from the uber-popular juice spot, Clover. I always do!
To reserve an Auracycle class with Heather – or any of the other awesome instructors, check it out here. Usually, classes are $27 but they have some awesome deals right now. For a limited time, they have $15 for an introductory class or $285/month for unlimited spin classes. With this being my new healthy addiction, I guess I’m gonna have to buy a series.
Spin away, beauties!
Auracycle & Aurapulse
8231 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
BF Asks: How do you get your fitness on? And, do YOU have a girl crush?
New Year, New You!
As you know, I’m a regular contributing writer to Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun.
They have the coolest challenge going on right now and I have loved every second of inspiration it’s been giving me!
Each day, FabFitFun is revealing a new nutrition, fitness, beauty, or lifestyle tip to help you become your most fabulous YOU this year! Think everything from new workout routines to new haircuts to tips on finally getting that dream job! The monthlong challenge is actually an interactive competition with prizes given throughout the month. Readers are posting pics of themselves on Twitter to compete for an ultra-luxe seven-day cruise. We’ve been having a great time so far! Make sure to check it out!
Challenge yourself, beauty!
Dallas. Los Angeles. Little Rock. Los Angeles. Amelia Island, Florida.
Whew. That’s what my travel itinerary has looked like this past month.
I have been on a wedding tour of the south, y’all. And it’s not over yet!
My best friend’s wedding is the last weekend of this month in New Orleans and it’s gonna be fuuuuuun. But first there is work to do. Lots and LOTS of work.
I am so sorry that it’s been almost a month since my last High-Low but I’m here to make that right today. I’m focusing on events of this past week. But never fear! I will have plenty of posts with my favorite moments of the past month’s wedding marathon super soon.
The theme of this past week? Honestly? Lemonade. Baking pink lemonade cupcakes, eating lunch at lemonade, making the proverbial lemonade out of the lemons of life.
And a dash of “lemonade magic”!
Without further ado, here is High-Low 13.
This past weekend, I baked my Pink Lemonade cupcakes for my friend Matty. Actually, for our friend Jake’s birthday but Matty requested them. Ah, the details.
It was a super random, mid-October, non-Autumnal treat. And they were delicious!
I’ve also realized more and more how therapeutic baking is for me.I am such an extrovert that it’s pretty much the only time (besides my bath & sleep) where I’m not talking or writing to someone. I always come up with interesting ideas and insights while I’m busy baking and coming up with new recipes to share with you all.
Frosting therapy, my friends.
Continuing the “Lemonade” theme of it all, I kept it going after walking in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles yesterday. Lemonade is one of my favorite lunch spots in L.A. and I couldn’t think of anything more refreshing after completing a 10K than a salad sampler and Watermelon Rosemary lemonade.
I especially love the sign you see as you walk out of Lemonade:
Whenever I see a sign like this, I feel like magic is alive in the world and it’s right in front of me. Literally. I guess it’s the kiddo in me but I half expect Jiminy Cricket to jump around the pole and say, “Wish granted!”
Speaking of the AIDS Walk Los Angeles. I am so proud to have been a part of it!
Again, there is something lemonade-magical about walking with thousands of people who are each hoping to make a small difference. All with one goal, one vision, one love. Together, we are strong.
It felt good, both spiritually and physically, to walk 6 miles around West Hollywood with a bunch of super positive, proactive people. There were even cheerleaders everywhere!
Not a cheerleader:
With my friend/neigbor, Pjetur:
It’s the small accomplishments in life:
I had set a BIIIIG fundraising goal for myself and, unfortunately, I didn’t meet it. But I still raised a good amount of money for AIDS programs throughout Los Angeles. Thanks to all of YOU who donated, AIDS Walk Los Angeles raised over $2, 271,000! Yaya!!!
Oh, the lows. We’ve gotta have a few of those, don’t we? This week’s low is only a thought. But it’s one that’s been on my mind a lot lately.
It is so hard when you want to help someone who doesn’t want to help himself.
Gosh, it’s hard. And, oh is it frustrating!
You can try everything in the book – and even some things that aren’t in the book – but until someone wants to help himself, there’s not a lot to be done.
Just waiting. Lots of waiting. And praying. Praying mostly for patience, actually.
I hope none of you out there are going through anything like this right now.
But – if you are – please know that I feel your pain.
And I send you lots of love, lots of patience, lots of hope and lots of luck.
We’ll get through it. Just know that. We. Will. Get. Through. It.
BF Asks: Did you experience any “lemonade magic” this week?