Month: October 2014

The Fashion Executives host ‘Metamorphosis’

Sunday evening,  The Fashion Executives hosted their second annual fashion expo, Metamorphosis. The Fashion Executives is an organization that dedicates itself to help emerging designers and boutiques in the Tampa Bay area, with marketing, fashion shows and various events.

The designers present were Lydia Anne, All Brides 2 Be & Formal Wear, Dress over Heels, Sky Unikue Psychotic Legend and Dollface. Raffle prizes were given away during intermission and attendees browsed the stalls set up by the designers featuring their designs.

It was a very fun event and fascinating to see The Fashion Executives at work. President Michelle Almonor and the rest of her team put on an amazing event that was a real treat for all those in attendance.


An interview with a dietitian: eating healthy in a few simple steps

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The struggle is real and making time for eating healthy and getting enough exercise is a never-ending battle. Deadlines, meetings, appointments, and assignments, all seem to get in the way and take precedence over eating right. I often fall prey to the same preoccupations so I decided to sit down with a dietitian to help me establish a balance in my jam-packed schedule. Registered Dietitian and Health Promotion Specialist, Alex Kloehn, works at the University of South Florida’s Wellness Center where he advises students on how to eat healthy and incorporate well balanced meals into their everyday diets. (more…)

The Color Run

Exercise should be fun and not an activity you dread. Finding the right form of exercise that gets you excited can be an exciting process. Whether trying out different classes or taking a jog with a friend, exercise’s reputation is changing. After an impromptu mini-vacation to New York, my sister, notorious for her apathy towards running, suggested we attempt the Color Run in Brooklyn.

The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. We are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially. Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event. We have more than tripled our growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.

The Color Run was a fun and positive experience and unlike your traditional 5k. It is difficult to realize you are pumping your legs as 80’s pop and hip-pop blast through the speakers. The rewarding color stations encouraged you to sprint towards them so you could be doused in candy-colored powder.

Exercise is about finding what works for you and your schedule. If 15 minutes of jogging a day is all you have time for, than maximize your workout with leg and arm weights. Check out your local gym for Zumba, yoga or spinning classes. This is your workout so take control and tailor it to your lifestyle.


Quick and Healthy Breakfast

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The more responsibilities we pile on our plates the less time we have to devote  to making health food choices. After spending a week living off of pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I decided I needed to get back to my healthy regime. Though, the thought of spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen in the morning makes me lose my appetite all together.

Avocado toast and a green smoothie have been my go-to breakfast choices for a tasty, nutritious, quick meal. Avocado toast is simple. Mash the avocado in a bowl with lime or lemon juice, and a sprinkle of salt . Add some fresh basil for a little twist and spread it on whole wheat bread. For the green smoothie I like to have a handful of kale or spinach to mix with a banana, a few pineapple slices, and a splash of soymilk. For added vitamins I add a teaspoon of milled flax seed. Voila! Breakfast is finished.

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Regardless of how busy your schedule gets taking tiime to tend to your body should be the first priority on your to-do list.

“Make sure you eat well so that you have enough energy to perform at your best. Also, replenish your body with water after any activity.” – Dan Barber

Dan Barber is an award winning chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurant in New York City and is a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

So start your day right and you are already one step ahead of the game.

Fall fashion for every body type

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Fall is my favorite season and it’s not because of the influx of ‘pumpkin everything’ that sweeps over a crazed population insistent on purchasing pumpkin lattes to go with pumpkin muffins and pumpkin chips. Fall is the time of year that I am able to whip out my massive scarf collection and it gives me an excuse to add to my fall wardrobe. In that case, every season is my favorite.

Knowing what to wear and what trend is suitable for your body type can be more difficult than first anticipated. Here are a few guidelines for fall fashion for every body type. (more…)