- Fri, Mar 21, 2014 12:33 PM EDT | CommentsAt Shred415, we advocate for healthy joints and bodies. It's important to incorporate flexibility into your workout routines to promote full mobility and to avoid stiffness and soreness post-workout. You have put so much effort into your fitness regimen, don't let it be undermined by bad habits. Focus on maintaining your stretching exercises as well.
Be sure to take the time to stretch after your workout, once your body has warmed up, rather than before you exercise (when muscles are cold and you could injure yourself). If you can't stay for the cool-down portion of your favorite workout, be sure to stretch at home before you go to bed that night.
Check out our slideshow for tips on a few of our favorite stretches and work them into your regular routine.
- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 3:20 PM EDT | Commentsby Christa Lee
When I was a teenager, I wouldn't be caught dead without my lip gloss, blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner at all times. Now, even though I'm older, I'll admit I still don't feel 100 percent confident leaving the house without at least some of my "face" on-plus, my obsession with beauty products doesn't encourage me to go makeup-free very often.
While I can talk your ear off about how much you should buy this trendy, awesome orange lipstick or this cool blue eyeshadow, celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Zoe Saldana are making a strong case for embracing natural beauty in their latest Instagram selfies. I think the famous faces above make a good point: sometimes letting your skin take a breather is not only healthy, but can also be totally liberating.
Though I'm not suggesting you lay off all your beauty products for good (because what's the fun in that?), it's nice to see some stars prove that being comfortable in your own skin is just as attractive as a pretty red carpet look. Click through for a few of our favorite no-makeup moments.
- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 2:27 PM EDT | CommentsWe're big fans of handmade cards. And the abundance of pretty, spring-time papers currently on the market is too inciting to ignore! A cute little card that's pretty and pretty simple is possible in minutes with a few snips and the help of a glue stick.
Whether you are hosting an Easter brunch or simply want to show loved ones you care, a handmade card is the way to do it. Sending multiples? Enlist your little ones and line them up: this project is a great assembly line craft (cut 15 eggs...cut 15 banners...then paste!). Just click above for how-to instructions.
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- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 1:19 PM EDT | CommentsDo you feel as if every wandering calorie immediately goes straight to your thighs? And at the same time are you eyeing your shorts as summer approaches?
Strength-training exercises to slim thighs, combined with plyometrics, high-intensity cardio and a healthy diet, is the fastest approach to sexy, toned legs. Strength-training exercises will target the thighs and add lean leg muscles. The more lean muscle mass you obtain the more calories you will burn while exercising and even post-workout. Plyometric drills allow muscles to exert maximum force in a short period of time with the goal of increasing power with explosive movements. High-intensity cardio-based exercises burn more calories and fat in a quicker amount of time, so you don't have to run a marathon to get a runner's legs.
Check out these 10 heart-pumping exercises that will help sculpt your butt, hamstrings, quads, calves and thighs. Complete the recommended exercises three times a week and you will build muscle and torch those stray calories--so you can wear your shorts with pride all summer long!
By Jennifer Yates
Jennifer Yates is a master trainer of the Lagree Pilates method and certified in indoor cycling. She is the owner of Studio Metamorphosis (Pilates & Cycle) located at 676 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA. For more information please visit studiometamorphosis.com. Want more fitness tips? Follow Jennifer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 2:08 PM EDT | CommentsI have to admit that the quality and complexity of our household art project ambitions really took a nose-dive once there was a baby brother in the picture. My poor daughter. She loves nothing more than to sit down to the art table, supplies spread before her. But it's hard to craft a play-dough baby while holding an actual baby (though not, as I've learned, impossible). Still and yet, there are rainy days, and beautiful days when Mama cannot emotionally handle the stress of the playground, and thus: art projects. A clean one, for the very lightly-functional days, a messy one, for when baby's studiously drooling on the exersaucer, and a REALLY messy one, for when baby's solidly napping and daddy's home--just in case.
By Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far is The Ocean from Here. This post originally appeared on her blog Household Words.
- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:15 PM EDT | CommentsYour kitchen may be small, but that doesn't mean it's less deserving of pretty dishware, powerful appliances and fancy cookware. And although a chef-style stove may be your biggest domestic dream item, you really only need a couple of functioning burners to turn out a feast. Same goes with the countertop area and cupboard space. Your kitchen does not have to be totally decked out with all the modern units of space to be fully functioning and attractive.
While you're probably long past the age when you used the oven as a storage space because you survived on take-out, there are still plenty of other clever ways to make the most of your space.
For starters, take inventory of big ticket items. Do you own a juicer, a Kitchen-Aid, a Belgian waffle maker and an ice-cream maker? Do you really use them all? If so, how often? If you find yourself racking your brain trying to remember the last time you made a green smoothie, that juicer either belongs in deep storage (basement, garage) or in someone else's kitchen.
The coffee maker you use on a daily basis should have a cozy home on the counter. Same goes for the toaster. Appliances not in regular rotation should still be accessible, but out of the way.
For more resourceful DIY kitchen storage ideas, click through the slideshow above.
- Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:30 PM EDT | Commentsby Sarah Ferguson
I'll wear loud orange lip colors, punchy pinks and even goth-like purples, but simple nude lipsticks intimidate me. In theory, a barely-there lip color seems like an easy, subtle way to add polish to any look. But in real life, I've found it challenging to find a shade that won't make me look like I stepped out of a cheesy '90s music video or worse-a walking corpse. So I asked Maybelline makeup artist Melissa Silver to spill the secret to pulling off nude lipstick. Click through above for her expert tips!
- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 2:06 PM EDT | CommentsRebecca Bengal and Diego Hadis
Instagram not only allows us to share our lives with others, it's also a thrilling way for us to see the world the way celebrities do. And it's not just celebrities, either: It turns out that our favorite musicians are on the 'gram as well. Sure, a lot of accounts might seem as if they're run by record-label public relations departments, but some recording artists give us a fresh, unfiltered view (well, unless you're talking Lo-Fi or Hefe) of what they're up to, whether that means keeping themselves entertained on the long tour-bus slog between cities or getting primped and ready to hit the stage before the concert tonight. We already love their music, but following them offers up-close peeks into their lives, like Lorde's new Céline flats or A$AP Rocky's "tree$." And while you may know some of the bigger names on the social media platform-such as Beyoncé, who chose Instagram to unveil her last album, or Rihanna, for whom just one angle of herself is never enough-here, on the eve of Coachella, are other accounts that we think are the brightest and best out there.
- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:14 PM EDT | CommentsBy Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29
Swimsuit season has hardly begun, but many people are already shopping for those balmy beach days ahead - this vacation-bound editor included. And, maybe you, too, are soon heading to a tropical destination with a dress code that's about 90% bikini and 10% cover-up. Calls for new swimwear, right? Yet, when you've already doled out a hefty sum for your trip's many incidentals, spending big bucks on a bathing suit can feel like rubbing salt in a wound.
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Fortunately, you don't have to exhaust all your funds to snag a suit that catches your eye. The surplus of swimwear already in stores means sales are spiking in mid-April to make room for the next wave. So, we scoured our favorite sites and gathered up 20 discounted bandeaus, tankinis, and more that will bring out the beach bunny in you. And, with prices like these, you won't have to think twice before ordering that second oceanside Margarita.
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- Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:57 AM EDT | CommentsSpring is all about new beginnings, so freshen up your workout wear collection with these electric colors and lively prints. You'll be more likely to actually use your gym membership if you're dressed for the part, right? From sneakers with a major kick to capris to stylish sweatshirts, these picks will help you go the distance.
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