Jacobs with the latest addition to his fragrance lineup. (Photo: kissandmakeup.tv)
See our July Launches for more inside scoop on debuting beauty products.
NY-based yoga instructor and general badass Loren Bassett.
Last night, I headed uptown to hang out with Well and Good NYC at Pure Yoga West, a gorgeous space that feels more like a spa than a studio. The event kicked off Pure Shape, Pure Yoga, a three-part series with some of the city’s top instructors. First up: Loren Bassett, who led us through a sweaty but fun hot yoga class (think Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and plenty of vinyasas). But that was only part one: after we all toweled off and rehydrated, the site’s co-founder, Melisse Gelula, told us the secret to preventing post-workout blemishes.
This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome.
(image via: whole-body-detox-diet.com)
When I was young summer meant three things: swimming pools, watermelon, and vacation. Now that I’m older, traveling has become one of the most important things in my life and one of the main reasons I continue to love summer so much. I’ll be here all week to give tips and ideas to make travel (and recovering from travel) easy and fun.
Since most of us are in Memorial Day Recovery Mode, today I’m focusing on the importance of detoxing. Our bodies work naturally to detoxify every day, but sometimes they become overloaded (those margaritas, that pan of brownies). Detoxing is a great way to help our body rebalance itself. Here are three skin detox ideas that will help you achieve glowing skin without the commitment of a raw food diet or juice cleanse.
Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.
If you’ve been keeping up with the happenings at Birchbox HQ, then you already know we’ve been doing “weekday workouts” for the past few weeks. Every hour on the hour, we’ve been taking a 60-second exercise break and trying everything from squats to planks. It’s so encouraging to see people of all shapes and sizes (even a pregnant employee!) willing to stick together and keep our office healthy. As the creative team, we figured that even though you can’t work out with us, you can at least be inspired to start your own weekday workout!
1.The Healthy Change 2. All Women Stalk 3. NY Times 4. Shape 5. Fitness Posters 6. The Healthy Change
Elena Brower is one of our favorite yoga and meditation gurus. This month, the founder and co-owner of Virayoga in New York City taught us how to stay zen in our daily lives. She also gave us a glimpse into her daily life and the regular ways she brings tranquility to her frenetic schedule.
I spray Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love spray on my face and hair—often. Also, I eat a lot of Wei of Chocolate’s Love Chocolate, and Yoga Earth Keen-Wah chocolate bars (one a day keeps all drama away). Yes, lots of chocolate. You’re seeing a theme. I also hug my child. Hug time is every morning between waking up and eating breakfast, and it’s a very holy and hilarious time. I make sure to tell my man why I’m grateful for him before we go to sleep, and I eat at least one meal with dark green leaves in it. I also take Isotonix vitamins.
Looking for tips on how to meditate? Follow these five easy steps.
For April’s Birchbox, we teamed up with the well-respected green chic site, Ecofabulous. Their experts helped us pick several of the environmentally-friendly goodies featured in this month’s box and founder Zem Joaquin even generously served as our latest Birchbox Crush. This week we’re hearing from Caitlin Bristol, the site’s creative director, who is sounding off today on her go-to yoga products.
While yoga is a beautiful thing, it’s surprising how many of the products that support your poses are anything but healthy. Here are a few selections from our list of top yoga apparel and accessories, proof that everything associated with the practice can be as conscious as your asanas. Read below to learn how you can ditch the PVC-laden mat for one made of natural tapped rubber (and recycle your old one!), and commit to purchasing apparel that is produced without pesticides.
Wise Woman: Bay Area-based Clary Sage Organics designs and produces their fashionably feminine eco-friendly yoga line locally from organic and sustainable fabrics. We love the attention to detail with ruching and delicate lingerie-inspired trim, plus their hot shorts are…well, hot ($48).
Getting Jaded: Hands down the best eco-friendly yoga mat option available is natural tapped rubber. Jade’s Harmony mat is still one of our favorites. Tapped from a rubber tree, the rapidly renewable material provides traction and comfort without the toxic chemicals found in conventional PVC mats ($59.95).
With a Clean Conscience: Washing the ‘ol yoga mat in the tub can be kind of a serenity kill, but it needs to be done occasionally. It’s not just about the funky yoga stink – regular cleaning actually prolongs the life of your mat. Stirlen Chi’s non-toxic mat cleanser, mat refresher, and mat wash are made with natural oils and extracts and are completely biodegradable.
Click here for the full ecofabulous Guide to Yoga!
Before your next class, be sure to prettify your feet! For pedi-perfect toes, pick up a bottle of Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
Photo: The Gloss
One year ago today, I took my first Bikram Yoga class. It forever changed my life for the better. I just can’t say enough good things about this transformative practice, which has now become an essential part of my fitness, wellness, and yes – beauty routine. In a sentence, a Bikram Yoga class consists of a series of 26 basic Hatha Yoga poses and two breathing exercises executed over the course of 90 minutes in a 105 degree room. The heat is incorporated to allow muscles to stretch more easily and to encourage the body to sweat, purging large amounts of toxins. Most of the postures incorporate compression of joints, glands, and organs, allowing oxygenated blood to flood the area when compression is released. The practice serves to optimize the performance of all major bodily systems. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by some of the more unexpected effects of this yoga. It was amazing to see the immediate physical changes to my body. Within the first three weeks of my practice, I had trimmed two inches off my waist (!), my skin was clear and even, my hair was shiny and smooth, and my posture was improving. I found myself more rested and feeling calm and focused in other stressful situations in my life. Getting through 90 minutes of hot yoga several times a week made crowded subway cars and long lines at Trader Joe’s seem trivial – which in reality, they are. Yoga helped me gain a new level of perspective on life, and made me look damn good at the same time thankyouverymuch. I highly recommend trying Bikram Yoga. A few tips for first-timers: Be sure to be very hydrated on the day of your class (coconut water is great) and avoid heavy foods. Set your mat near a window or door for optimal air flow. Trust the teacher, as he or she will guide you safely through the class. Most importantly, return to practice again VERY soon. The only way to know exactly how your body will react to the yoga is to try and try again!
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Pick up handy essential oil towelettes for de-sweating post-yoga.