Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SpotlightOn - ClassPass Boston Studios and why I do NOT recommend


If you sign up for ClassPass be aware of the following:

1. It is NOT Commitment Free (see below regarding hold or post cancellation re-join fee)

2. Customer Service does NOT operate by the customer is always right

3. Customer Service team (approved by their head per the correspondence) will execute unauthorized charges to your card.

Monday, April 6, 2015

RecipeTime - Chili Blackened Cod with Avocado & Red Rice Salad

image via Blue Apron
One of the few positives of not being able to workout during my recovery from strabismus surgery was more time for all things such as cooking, organizing, etc. Given I typically work longer hours, and try to hit the gym after, cooking falls by the wayside as 9:30 pm is simply too late for dinner making. But this new found extra time made me long for new recipes and adventures in the kitchen. Naturally, I opted to restart my Blue Apron subscription to get things going!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ShoppingTips - The April Showers call for a Classic Trench Coat

Olivia Palermo for VITAMINA
Spring Summer 2013/14 (via Pinterest)
I am looking at the weather forecast and it predicts showers for the next three days with temps as high as 50. Whilst I must note this is very odd considering we were under 20s on Monday, I will happily welcome the rain and warmer temps and thus ensure the remaining snow left throughout Boston is washed away! However, my new put together persona is not well equipped for the impending month or two of showers. Why? Because I own but one parka which I actually inherited from a sister. What is missing you might say (or know) a classic trench coat!

Heavily influenced by Burberry's "The Art of the Trench" campaign last year, I have decided it is time to buy a nice, sturdy, well fitting trench!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SpotlightOn - Pilates on the Megaformer!

Too try or not to try the Megaformer?
(image credited to SLT NYC via Pinterest)
Due to events out of my control I was forced to move on from my Stott Reformer Pilates classes at my gym, Healthworks, and found myself in need of a replacement. I really liked the reformer classes, but, in choosing a substitute, cost and time were a big factor; given that in order to make it a consistent practice it needed to be accessible. After tons of searching I decided on giving BTone a try. Not only did they have tons of options that would work with my extended work schedule (most importantly late classes as I am not a morning person), but, I could get 15 classes for less than what I paid for the package of 10 at Healthworks

Per usual, I did research on what the megaformer was but what I found was inconclusive and I had no idea what to expect. All I could find was general information on the workout tool "the megaformer" and learned it is often referred to as The Lagree Method, after creator Sebastian Lagree. So I looked for reviews and found the common themes: it works, it is often called "Pilates on Crack", Sofia Vergara swears by it (check out her interview with Megaformer creator Sebastian Lagree), Kim Kardashian turned to it post-baby and Alessandra Ambrosio is a regular! All very important points (great press!), but, gave me no clue as to what to expect?! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

StyleInspiration - Transition Dressing (Feels like Winter but its kinda Spring)

Ada Kokosar by Tommy Ton
The time has changed, we have sprung forward, but it still feels like winter. What do you do when you are sick of the winter drab and just need to inject some fresh spirit into day to day dressing? Change up the color palette and layer. Not to say we have not been layering this whole time...

After going through the countless (amazing) street style and runway snaps from Fashion month A/W 2015/16, the verdict is absolute. Midi skirts are here to stay and that is pretty cool. No longer are limited to opposites when it comes to length but we have the happy medium, where ankles and shoes can be shown off but knees and thighs remain conspicuously hidden. This is my favorite piece for transition dressing and the past week can attest to it!