31 Days of Wellness: Week 3

 

KOMBUCHA COLA

Welcome to Week 3 of the 31 Days of Wellness! I “Woke Up With Intention” this morning listening to the 4 minute meditation on the Breethe App. I must say it did keep my usual worries from waking up with me, and definitely set a positive tone for the day. We’ve got lots in store this week, from Tai Chi to the Infrared Sauna to Salt therapy, but let’s get started with a nutritional wellness favorite…

Day 15: KOMBUCHA. Though incredibly good for you, Kombucha is an acquired taste. Lots of people love its tart pungent flavor, but it took me awhile. Kombucha is hardly a new wellness trend, but one, like so many I’m finding this month, that has been around for ages… literally. Thought to have originated over 2000 years ago in China, Kombucha has rich cultural history of health benefits said to include the prevention of cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. Kombucha has caught on in the last few years as the favorite brew of the wellness set for all its digestive benefits as well.

Kombucha is made from sweetened tea that is naturally fermented with a symbiotic combination of healthy bacteria and yeast. That’s what gives it the vinegary flavor and carbonated fizz. Kombucha is powerful antioxidant and one of its greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the system. Kombucha is a beverage rich in probiotics. We all hear the term “gut-health” these days, and probiotics provide your digestive tract with healthy bacteria that help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection.

As Kombucha has gained in popularity, so have the varieties of brands and flavors available in health food store and delis alike. Besides the refreshing home brew I swigged down in Mexico (above), my favorite Kombucha is Health-Ade. Sure glad I found one I liked, because I’d hate to be missing out on such a powerful brew!  

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Sunday Night Sport Flix on Ice

 

 
With I, Tonya a top movie pick among fans and critics, and the skating competitions of the 2018 Winter Olympics just a couple weeks away, we take a look at some of our all-time favorite skate themed films on this icy winter Sunday. From ice hockey to pairs competitions, dramas to rom-coms, it’s the perfect evening to check out one of these ever popular and soon-to-be classics!

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I, TONYA 2017

I, Tonya centers on one of the most salacious scandals in sports history, when the rivalry between figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan took a violent turn in the weeks leading up to the 1994 Winter Olympics. An ill-conceived attack planned by Harding’s ex-husband, Kerrigan was assaulted in an attempt to break her leg at the U.S. National Championships. Harding would later plead guilty to hindering the investigation and was subsequently banned from competition for life. Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding in this darkly comedic tale that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and co-star Allison Janney a win for Best Supporting actress.
 

SLAP SHOT 1977

Slap Shot is the 1977 sports comedy classic starring Paul Newman as the coach of a struggling minor-league hockey team. In an effort to build up lagging attendance at games, he signs three hard-charging players, the Hanson Brothers, whose violent and thuggish style of play excites the fans and draw big crowds. Outrageous comedy, hard-hitting action, memorable one-liners, and unforgettable characters make Slap Shot one of the best sports movies ever! Read More

 

31 Days of Wellness: Week 2

 

AIRE ANCIENT BATHS

January has 31 Days of Wellness! Our monthlong journey through the wellness landscape continues with more of the most buzzed about trends, classes, and studios. Yoga, meditation, sleep, breathwork, cleanses, sensory experiences, restorative therapies, and more… it’s about looking good AND feeling good in 2018!

Day 8: AIRE ANCIENT BATHS. Communal Bathhouses have long been a part of every culture from the Arabic hammam to the Roman thermae to the Russian banya. The design and architecture of these spaces are as much a part of their rich history as the restorative effects of the thermal waters themselves. Following in this tradition is Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca, with other locations in cities worldwide.

All Aire Ancient Baths are located in restored historical buildings in the heart of a bustling city. The Tribeca location is underground in what was a textile factory originally built in 1883. A gorgeous work of architecture, industrial yet serene in its design, it is now a totally immersive and relaxing wellness space, enhanced by the exposed brick, dim candlelight, and of course, the multiple glowing pools.

Each pool or bath is a different temperature and mineral composition, and provides a unique experience. We’ve all heard the expression “taking the waters” and that’s what I did in the 90-minute session that consists of a tour through the Caldarium (Hot Bath 102ºF), Frigidarium (Cold Bath 57ºF and Ice Bath 50ºF), Tepidarium (Warm Bath 97ºF), Balneum (Bath of a Thousand Jets), and Flotarium (Salt Water Bath). There is also the Laconicum (Steam Room with aromatherapy), as well as the salt exfoliation area. One can opt for a 30, 45 or 60-minute massage as well, in which I did indulge to top it all off, because when in Rome… wait, I’m in New York City! In this hidden oasis underground, you forget where you are. Read More

 

Brrrr… Let’s Go Running!

 

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Don’t let a little arctic freeze keep you indoors.

Layer up, get outside and show winter who’s the boss! Stay warm and dry on the frostiest of runs in these stylish performance pieces.

 

LEFT COLUMN: ARC’TERYX NORVAN JACKET $349. For men and women, this ultra minimal, waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex shell offers freedom of movement and comfortable protection in cold, wet, and windy conditions. 

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR GRUB GLOVE $60. This mitten/glove hybrid offers the best of both! The glove features Polartec Power Stretch, with touch screen compatibility and stretchy comfort. For extra warmth, the quilted thermal back flips over into a mitten. 

PATAGONIA NANO AIR LIGHT HYBRID VEST $149. A go-to layer of your SOS editor, the Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Vest puts weatherproof insulation in a soft and airy, flyweight shell fabric for warm, stretchy, and breathable performance. It’s available in a jacket as well, for both men and women. 
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31 Days of Wellness!

 

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Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the “31 Days of Wellness”! In years past, January 1st has commenced my 31 Days of Fitness odyssey, with SOS (aka me) sampling all the hottest workouts every day for 31 days straight. With a few nagging injuries from 2017, I decided to shift the focus this year from the outside to the inside with 31 days of the most buzzed about wellness trends, classes, and studios. Yoga, meditation, sleep, breathwork, cleanses, sensory experiences, restorative therapies, and more… it’s about looking good AND feeling good in 2018, which can only happen with that mind and body connection.

What’s also unique this January is that the first day of the week, year, and month are all on January 1. The planets have aligned for a fresh start! So here we go…

Day 1: HOT VINYASA YOGA. With most of the country in an arctic freeze, what a perfect way to kick off our 31 Days of Wellness than with a Hot Vinyasa class — especially as I started the new year with the 9 degree NYRR Midnight Run at 12:01am this morning! Read More

 

F*ck Yes! The Great Performances of 2017

 

 
From Shalane Flanagan crushing the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon to Roger Federer’s record setting 8th Wimbledon title to the Houston Astros first World Series Championship… 2017 was filled with many an epic sports moment! Here are a few of our favorites that had everyone talking – be they sports fan or not – and you should be too as we look back at the year!

1. SHALANE FLANAGAN WINS THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

On the first Sunday of November, Shalane Flanagan cruised to her first New York City Marathon victory in dominant fashion, running the last mile almost as fast as her first. At age 36, she became the first American woman to win the race in 40 years. It was her first marathon back after a hip fracture that kept her out of competition since the 2016 Rio Olympics. That’s a lot of firsts! Flanagan left three-time consecutive defending champion Mary Ketany of Kenya about a minute behind, and finished the race in 2:26:53. Crossing the finish line, Flanagan threw up her hands with an incredulous sob and celebratory “F*ck yes!” that few could hear but all could see as the cameras captured her amazing win.

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All Puffed Up

 

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Whether headed to the mountains or staying in town,

cold weather style gets all puffed up this Holiday Season!

 

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LEFT COLUMN: CANADA GOOSE LUNENBURG PARKA BLACK LABEL $1295. Wrap yourself in quilted comfort this winter with the full length Lunenburg Parka from the Canada Goose Black Label collection. With a more refined aesthetic designed the urban explorer, the Lunenburg features strategic fabric mixing for super durability, along with extra-long rib knit cuffs, fleece pockets, and adjustable drawcord for ultimate warmth.

SKHOOP MINI DOWN SKIRT now $97.26. Keep that tush toasty with the Skhoop goose down mini skirt. Over leggings, to and from the gym, or apres-ski, no matter where cold weather finds you this 600-fill down skirt provides an extra layer of warmth with alpine style. Zippered side pocket stows valuables with room enough for phone. 

TORY SPORT QUILTED PUFFER BOOTS $248. Inspired by 70’s après-ski style, these quilted snow boots are water-resistant and lined in thick polar fleece for superior warmth and comfort. Accented with sporty stripes, they are finished with a waterproof leather mudguard and molded rubber treaded soles for extra protection against the elements. Read More

 

Sorel x Chloe

 

SOREL X CHLOE

You know how much we love a fashion x sport mash-up here, and the SOREL x Chloé snow boot is definitely one of our favorites of the year! Chloe has reinterpreted the rugged best-selling Sorel Joan of Arc with their own unique style, and turned an outdoor staple into the must-have snow boot of the season. 

The new SOREL x Chloé boot blends the inimitable style and spirit of both brands. The hybrid takes Sorel’s distinctive molded rubber outsole, and shearling-lined, lace-up leather upper, and adds oversized gold hardware, extra wide fringe laces, and an exaggerated shearling tongue —  giving a French touch to this American classic. 

The SOREL x Chloé boot retails for $515 at is available ChloéNet-A-PorterMatches Fashion, and Neiman Marcus. 

 
 

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