Be a Bey at the Barre: What You Wear is All That Matters

Beyonce photo courtesy of BFAnyc.com

Hitting the bar(re) has no obvious meaning around here. We like bars, sure, but we may in fact, spend more time at the barre. Another thing we (and everyone else, ever) likes? Beyonce. Combining the two in any capacity is an easy sell.

At Physique 57’s original 57th street location, we met our adorable instructor, Ashley, who dressed up for the occasion in a sequined top! A disco light helped set the mood and we tucked our bums exclusively to Bey jams. Being fashion editors we were ready to capitalize on the opportunity. Themed classes call for theme outfits.

We turned to Stylestalker for our amazing matching tanks (sure, we may have gotten some weird stares but we thought we were #FLAWLESS), flipping our hair and shaking our hips, all while pulsing and squatting and whatnot. After all, the outfit makes the workout.

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After the workout with our teacher, Ashley.

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#MIRRORSELFIE

Alyssa is wearing new Nike leggings which have top-notch waistband technology to stay up (important for booty shaking), and Nike Frees

Sara is wearing Athleta crops and popped on Athleta to-and-from pants for the ride home. Her sneakers are Vince and the easiest ever. 

Queen Bey, we hope you’d be proud.

For more information on fun themed barre classes to amp up your workout motivation, check out Physique57!

Hyperbaric Chambers and GTFOing of NYC: The Detox Diaries Part 2

Read part one of Sara’s adventures in detoxing from fashion week right here.

A 90-minute yoga sesh does wonders but it’s no seven hour plane ride. Call me crazy but there’s something semi-delicious about being disconnected in a metal box in the sky (no?). OK–that’s a lie, I spent a combined $54.00 on wifi and wrote at least four articles–and yet still! relaxing. No fashion week traffic, anyway.

Even though by now NYFW and LFW and MFW are passed; editors are in Paris, and I’m still fully immersing myself in the ever-expanding wellness scene, bringing you the best of the best–this time from coast to coast.

Though a barely 72 hour-technically-work-trip to San Francisco is no Cara Delevingne on the beach in Bali–it was just what I needed. I knew it was a prime detox opportunity when the folks at Luna/Clif HQ gave me the following packing advice: “Many wear yoga clothes to work.”

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And since San Francisco may well have been first to emphasize health and wellness, off I went, in support of the 14th annual Lunafest, a festival of short films, by, for, and about women. Held at the Palace of the Fine Arts Theater, the film festival was great–I highly recommend hosting your own, btw.

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Remind me not to pose next to the Katies of the world, those publicists for Luna by day, pilates instructor/pros by night…

Plus– I was lucky enough to be treated to some everygirl detox treats: more Soulcycle, and Drybar, two things I never say no to–especially in conjunction. P.S. Did you know Drybar has a VIP room?

VIP-Room-Flatiron-1The VIP room at Drybar

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As does any workout class (anything in life, at all), this opportunity begged the question of what to wear. Since the DETOX is all about comfort without sacrificing style (especially in this era of insanely chic gear) I put together an outfit from Athleta–brand bestie of Luna’s specified to San Francisco.

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Back in NYC, Still in Athleta: Workin’ out (and ready for rain) in chaturanga tights, Crunch muscle tank, and this lil slicka’.

Though I was back in NY, in well, a NY minute, I still felt rejuvenated. Last step of Part II: a quick pit stop (we’re talking under an hour here) to the palatial Erno Laszlo Institute in SoHo, where I popped into this hyperbaric chamber called Pure Oxygen by Pure Flow. A favorite of athletes, this little bed/tent/contraption is like a nap pod + (one of those things you never knew you needed but clearly do). 37 minutes in here (basically a cot on the inside) provides triple oxygen delivery, stimulates stem cell creation, and key words here: relieves jet lag.

erno-laszloChillin’.

On my way out, my technician told me I’d sleep like a baby tonight, and no matter how much else I do, sleep is still the key to any DETOX. See you soon for more on skin, nails, food, and exercise!

 

The Petite Parka

While I love my current crop of wool coats, as the temperature drops they’re no longer thick enough to keep me warm. Parkas are hands down the best way to stay toasty during the winter. Unfortunately, a lot of them can look bulky and ridiculous. I’m currently in the market for one and I’ve come across some serious monstrosities that make me look I’m about to go bear trapping on Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Not the look I’m going for. I want to keep as warm as possible, but I want to look cute while I’m doing it. I figured there must be other women out there running into the same dilemma with bulky parkas. So I went on a hunt and found some that look much less Eskimo/Palin-esque—like this A.B.S by Allen Schwartz down hooded parka, on sale for $143.20. Just in time for the upcoming East Coast snowstorms!

Athleta Park City Parka, $228 image

The North Face Metropolis Parka, $279 image

MICHAEL Michael Kors Faux-Fur Hooded Down Coat, $161 image