Dec
22
2014
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Guest Post: Adrienne Zager Dishes Out Her Holiday Fitness Tips
Written by: admin | Guest Blogger

As many of you sit in the airport reading this from your smartphone, you might be feeling a slight pang of anxiety about returning home for several reasons.  One of those  not involving meeting your sweetheart’s relatives may have something to do with not gaining unnecessary weight while indulging on holiday goodies.  Fortunately, my dear friend and go to for health and fitness tips, Adrienne Zager has been so kind as to drop some knowledge on how to stay slim during your trip home to the ‘burbs. adrienne zager at home workoutNothing can fully express my inner panic and dread of how to pack a suitcase better than that terrified look of dear little Kevin McCallister.  However, after one too many excess baggage fees paid and excess pounds gained, I now officially have traveling light and feeling light down to a science.

Before I share with you my Holiday Fit Essentials Guide, let’s first reintroduce our regimented selves to one of the greatest life lessons the holidays serve to remind us: flexibility.  Instead of having an anxiety attack over the thought of missing your weekly hot pilates class, embrace the healthy change of scenery by simplifying your workouts and creatively using your surroundings. Stairs or a fireplace are perfect for step-ups and provide just enough height to effectively target your tush.  Regardless of your heath and fitness goals, maintaining a consistent diet is fairly easy when in the comfort of your own home and regular routine.  Traveling requires a flexible diet approach by making moderation your new best friend so you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods guilt-free.  Contrary to popular belief, unless you completely gorge yourself from now until the new year, if your clothes feel snug it’s water retention. Dehydration, alcohol consumption, and sodium-rich foods cause the body to hold onto water. In order for the body to process fluids correctly it must be properly and consistently hydrated, so say hello to your second new best friend: water.

And with that, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

adrienne zager holiday workoutHere are some more of my tried and true travel fit tips to have you returning from holiday looking better than before!

Holiday Fit Essentials Guide:

* Fruit-of-the-Loom men’s wife beaters

- I’ve used these for years. They are cheap, simple and practical. Bring a pair of sneakers, basic black workout leggings/capris and use an assortment of colorful and/or printed sport bras to change up your look.

* Resistance bands and jump rope

- These cheap buys should remain in your suitcase year-round as gym access isn’t always a guarantee. They provide diverse, effective and fast workouts in the comfort of your hotel or guest room.

* Vitamin case

- Purse-friendly way to keep your hangover headache medication, daily multivitamin, and B-complex organized.  B-complex is essential for food metabilism, energy production, digestion, relieving water retention, healthy hair/skin/nails and much more.

* Protein Powder

- Portable, quick and convenient meal on the go. Scoop what you need into a ziplock bag for easy packing. Don’t forget to include the scoop and a shaker.

* Stevia

- Best sugar substitute and will help satisfy cravings. Stevia + lemons = the perfect sugar-free lemonade and makes increasing your water intake easy.

* Detox tea

- Drink in the morning and night to gently cleanse and rid your body of toxins and water retention.

* Apple Cider Vinegar

- My holy grail for the fountain of youth and weight loss. One shot and your sugar craving is gone.  If you can’t get the shot down add 2 tbls to 8oz of lemon water and stevia to taste. The health and detox benefits of ACV are endless.

holiday fitness tips1. Organic Food Bar Raw Vegan Protein, $69.99, 2. Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Stevia, $8.99, 3. Bella Faux Ostrich Skin 7 Day Pill Box, $12.98, 4. Fruit of the Loom Men’s 8 Pack A Shirt, $17.99, 5. Kusmi Tea Detox Tea Bags, $15.85, 6. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, $4.99, 7. Rage Resistance Bands, $24.99, 8. All Pro Weight Adjustable Jump Rope, $22.99

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Dec
20
2014
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Gift Guide: Jay-Z Approved, Gifts with No Budget
Written by: admin | Gift Guide

jay z beyonceYou know the lyrics (and if you don’t, you should), “In the Ferrari or Jaguar, switchin’ four lanes with the top down screamin’ out, ‘money ain’t a thang.”  Perhaps you’re not Jay-Z, but you did get a particularly large bonus this year and you have a very deserving individual on your gift list.  Bless you.  If pinching pennies is not something you must do and budgeting is a word that is reserved strictly for the government, I’ve got a heap of indulgent gifts for the most discerning recipients.  And if you’re feeling particularly generous, I’ll happily accept any of the below suggestions.  It is far better to give than receive, after all.

over the top holiday giftsKimberly McDonald 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Slice Cuff, $24,330La Perla Pizzo Lace Paneled Silk Satin Silk Blend Satin Nightdress, $970Givenchy Ostrich Mini Antigona Duffel, $7,900Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket, $5,290Fred Leighton 1930’s Platinum Diamond, $55,000Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip and Nail Box, $656Carine Gilson Aurelia Printed Silk Satin Robe, $2,005Brunello Cucinelli Mink Fur Backpack, $7,830Jennifer Meyer 18 Karat Gold Diamond Drop Earrings, $17,000Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Brush Collection, $650

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
19
2014
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Friday Frocks: Festive not Floozy

holiday red dressesNothing makes a statement like a red dress.  Just make sure the red dress you’re wearing is making the right statement.  You want your holiday frock to say “festive” not “floozy.”  No one wants to be the drunk girl falling out of her LRD (little red dress) post Santa-con Firieball shots complete with felt Santa hat.  Instead, embrace the colors or the season, bright crimson, deep green, and a touch of metallics to land yourself a spot right under the mistletoe.

best holiday dresses partytop: Elizabeth and James Magdalena Dress, $365,A.L.C. Dolls Rayon Blend Dress, $695Halston Heritage Stretch Jersey Gown, $495T by Alexander Wang Stretch Silk Twill Bandeau Dress, $425, middle: Temperley London Coco Cotton Blend Lace Dress, $750Flynn Skye Kennedy Maxi Dress, $165Alice + Olivia Fierra Dress, $198Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Cherub Stretch Jersey Dress, $430, bottom: Rosetta Getty Silk Satin Gown, $2,500J Brand + Simone Rocha Ruffled Denim Mini Dress, $590Veronica Beard Cut Out Stretch Sheath Dress, $595Mason by Michelle Mason Slip Maxi Dress, $494

 

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Dec
16
2014
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Gift Guide: Toys for the Boys
Written by: admin | Gift Guide

best gifts for boyfriendBeing single during the holidays has both its ups and downs.  On the upside, you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gift for your beau that expresses the appropriate sentiments which depend, of course, on a multitude of variables including time, tone, and context.  Talk about a headache.  The downside(s) of rolling solo to holiday parties and family functions is having to reassure your aunts you aren’t “like Ellen” and being seated at the children’s table– because clearly a marriage an adult makes.  I’ve grown accustomed to being the lone spinster at most holiday parties and to be honest, I prefer it at this point in time, but who knows?  That could all change.

And even if you are single, party of one, this year, you probably still have a brother, father, or best guy friend to buy for.  Below are my pics for gifts that are sure to send the right message to the important men in your life.

top gifts for men holidayMulberry Medium Clipper Holdall Bag, $1,000Jack Spade Cheddar Money Clip, $68Personalized Pool Ball Set & Rack, $290Bushnell NeoXS GPS Golf Watch, $200Tivoli Audio Model Three Bluetooth Clock Radio, $350Neiman Marcus Cashmere Sock Set, $73,  Waterford Crystal London Desktop Bar, $17,500Mon Oncle Portable Grill, $375Marc by Marc Jacobs Waffle Knit Cashmere Hoodie, $400

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
16
2014
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Gift Guide: Pet Project, Gifts for Pets
Written by: admin | Gift Guide

kirsten-smith-del-monte-beach9Last night, I was bamboozled by an eight pound maltipoo.  I had been running from meeting to meeting all day and when I stopped home around 5:30pm to charge my phone, grab a birthday card, and find something to stuff into my mouth before bouncing to yet another obligation, Smitty provided me with an Oscar worthy performance.  Having dealt with last year’s health scare, I’ve become especially sensitive to my precious pup’s behavior and he was displaying all but identical symptoms to those that landed him in the doggy ER.  I canceled plans and apologized and spent the rest of the evening rubbing Smitty’s gurgling belly and Googling his symptoms (do not do this.  It’s just as terrifying as WebMD).  A call to the emergency vet confirmed that Smitty did not have canine bloat and by 3am, I was finally able to feel comfortable enough to get a bit of sleep.  When I awoke this morning, I suffered a mild attack of panic when he did not immediately rouse from his deep slumber, but when he did it was as if he had no recollection of last night’s maladies.  He was just happy to have me as his personal body pillow.  You win, Smitty.  Your move, Cumberbatch.

gifts for pet loversTim Flach Dogs, $50Harry Barker Santa Dog Toy, $12Magenta Drink/Devour Ceramic Dog Bowls, $43, Ware of the Dog Small Plaid Coat, $100Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Conditioning Rinse, $17GO! Pet Design Waxed Canvas Pup Tent, $200C. Wonder Buffalo Check Dog Collar, $18Monica Rich Kosann White Sapphire Paw Print Charm Necklace, $275,  Romy + Jacob J’Adore les Chiens Pillow, $39.99K Kane 18K Gold Plated Maltipoo Cuff, $272 (it comes in many other breeds- I’m partial to this one!)

xx,

WhyDid

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