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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Health Beat: October Update & Giveaway!

October is always such a busy month! With Boston Fashion Week, a billion blog events, holiday prep, and my new job, working out took a backseat for a little while. What better way to get back in the workout groove than with a Sunday sweat at Soul Cycle? I went out to Chestnut Hill Square last week with my friend Heather for our first Soul Cycle ride and it was totally not what I expected!

Photo by Heather Bourgeois

Soul Cycle classes are high energy, extremely motivating, and ride a fine line between workout obsessed and cult status. It sort of felt like going to church; the instructor was preaching about overcoming internal demons, riders were rocking back and forth in unison, chanting when prompted. It delivers an experience unlike any other cycling studio, and I can see why people are so devout! 

I also took advantage of a free one week membership with my Pruferred Card at the Prudential Boston Sports Club to temporarily facilitate me getting back on track. With the variety of classes available and an open equipment area, it's pretty easy to find time to get in a workout. Since I usually go to barre or cycling classes, I was able to focus on strengthening my arms with their machines and weights as well as getting in an occasional mile on the treadmill. Earlier this week I tried out one of their boot camp classes, and boy was that a challenge! It felt pretty good to complete the class despite my struggling along the way. I really felt the instructor could have been more helpful, though. She could have cared less that I was new to the class and did not help me with form or direction at all.

On the healthy eating front I'm happy to report things are going well. I had an immense craving for a cheese burger the other day. Instead of heading to Burger King I went to Star Market and picked up a pound of ground beef and buns. The fixins for that easily turned into Taco Salad the next day, and soft tacos the next. 

It's totally unlike me, but I have been on an epic salad kick lately. Typically when I'm on the go I'll grab at P-3 pack at CVS or grab a quesadilla or burrito at Qdoba but salads are totally speaking to me these days. While I love making Taco Salad at home (taco meat on a bed of lettuce, loaded with cheese, salsa, and tortilla chips), I've also been frequenting locally sourced eateries B.Good and Sweetgreen. After our Soul Cycle class Heather and I headed to Sweetgreen for my favorite salad ever; the Spizy Sabzi (pictured above). Loaded with quinoa, greens, raw beets, and sriracha it was just what I needed to refuel for a day of shopping in the square. 

Never been to Sweetgreen? Now is your chance! Chestnut Hill Square and I are teaming up to give one reader a hearty, healthy lunch for two at Sweetgreen in Chestnut Hill Square! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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How have the shorter Fall days and busy back to school schedules affected your workouts and eating habits? What are you doing to get back on track?

This post and giveaway was sponsored by Chestnut Hill Square. All opinions expressed are my own; I'm not sure if Soul Cycle really is a cult. Thanks for supporting those who support

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Tale of Two TVs

I’m a huge TV buff. Actually, that's kind of an understatement; I’ve seen every episode of every season of every Law & Order series at least twice, I pathetically cry during almost every single episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Mindy Lahiri never ceases to make me laugh, and I’m totally rooting for Olivia Pope to get over both the President and Jake and find herself a real man!

So imagine my dismay when I fell asleep with my 40" Element TV on and woke up to find that the backlight was no longer functioning. No picture (unless you're pointing a flashlight into the screen), just sound and a whole lot of WTF since I had just purchased it at Target less than nine months prior.

The worst part? Target would not take it back and while still under warranty, Element TVs asked me to pay to ship the mammoth thing all the way to California to the tune of nearly $300. Well that was the end of my short lived relationship with Element TVs. 

Fast forward a few months, it’s still sitting in my apartment and I still don’t have a properly functioning television. I refuse to make the same mistake twice so I’ve been carefully reading reviews and taking my time shopping for a new one. With all the bells and whistles available on modern televisions choosing a TV is almost as difficult as choosing a nail color at the salon. And while sales associates at Best Buy, Target, and the like are somewhat educated and informed, they are also eager to sell. So which are really the best? Which really have the blackest blacks, the brightest whites, and the best viewing experience?

That would be LG OLED curved TVs; specifically,the 55 inch EC9300, a top of the line HD TV that has won award after award and blown the competition away in trade shows across the globe. I was lucky enough to attend a media presentation at the Westin Copley and not only meet the Vice President of LG Electronics and the Vice Presidents of LG Design, but see and experience one of the most impressive TVs on the market.
First off, OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode which describes the unique light source used in these TVs. LG OLED TVs are not backlit completely eliminating the possibility of a repeat of my Element TV tragedy. Because it’s not backlit, it also uses almost half as many parts and panels as competitor’s models making it up to 6mm thinner than other curved or HD TVs. Instead of the traditional backlit method, each pixel is individually illuminated allowing it to achieve the impressive black levels and ultra-rich colors it is known for. When the picture on the screen is supposed to be black, the individual pixel simply does not illuminate, resulting in the deepest blacks and minimal light "leakage."

For sports and movie enthusiasts, LG OLED TV’s are great for gathering with your friends and family in the living room for Monday Night Football or Movie Night. The superior OLED technology not only provides the richest colors and best viewing quality, but it offers it from every possible angle. So even if you’re in the kitchen cooking along with Rachel Ray and your LG OLED TV is across the room at a slight angle, the colors and viewing experience will be exactly the same as if you were viewing from front and center. It’s also, of course, a fully functioning Smart TV allowing you access to apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Skype as well as the internet with a few clicks of the remote or its voice command option that I got to demonstrate!

I’m excited to see how this new technology from LG changes the industry. There is not a single model on the market that can claim to come close to the superior picture quality LG has produced with their innovative OLED TVs. While these newer models are slightly out of my budget, I am definitely considering an LG HD TV as a replacement for the useless model that I currently own. What model of TV do you own? Do you love it or do you feel your picture quality is lacking?

This post was sponsored by LG US. My TV really is broken. All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall in New England: Houghton's Pond

A few weeks ago I ventured out to Houghton's Pond with Evie to check out the changing foliage. It was a gorgeous day and not very cold at all, although I still put Evie in a little sweater! She has quite collection of sweaters, hoodies, and even little coats. 

There were lots of families out and about taking photos in the leaves, walking alongside the pond, and of course, walking their dogs. Evie enjoyed sniffing around the leaves and poking her tiny feet in the sand along the water. Whether you'd like to enjoy a fall picnic, go for a scenic run, or just be among the trees and the foliage, Houghton's Pond is a nice choice. It's just a short drive from my Boston, making it the perfect weekend adventure for city dwellers. 

LOFT Floral Romper  //  LOFT Sweatshirt Tee & Camisole  //  GAP Leather Jacket (similar)  //  Alex & Ani Bangles  //  White Mountain Suede Booties c/o White Mountain Shoes  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Wire

This week has been a crazy one. In addition to hosting my shopping party at Tobey Grey in Newton and starting my new job, I attended events at Lolita, the Westin, Madewell, & Intimacy. Consider me one burned out fashionista! But I'm definitely looking forward to a chill weekend, that's for sure!

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This week in Boston...
Ame & Lulu Warehouse Sale  October 24-25
20th Annual Pru-Boo Charity Event  October 26
GA + WeWork Presents: Ladies Lounge  October 28
Boston Girl Geek Dinner  October 28
UnMask Cancer with Dana Farber & The Jimmy Fund  October 30
The Art of the Brick  October 11-January 11
Home for the Holidays (Only a few tickets left!!!)  November 8

What a week! Hope everyone has an amazing and relaxing weekend. I'm very much looking forward to a sweaty Sunday at Soul Cycle this weekend. Can't wait to share!

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What I Wore: Fancy Pants

Last week we had some truly gorgeous weather here in New England. The foliage has been beautiful to watch, but I have to say it was extremely pleasant enjoying a spa day at Mirbeau Inn & Spa and being able to sit poolside in the sun! I took the opportunity to wear this casual vintage Armani tank and styled it with a similar shade of green and a bit of everyone's favorite neutral (black, duh!). I'm seriously obsessed with these fluid pants from LOFT; I bought them in both black & green! But when they are so comfy and easy to style it's hard to resist...

Vintage Giorgio Armani Tank  //  LOFT Marisa Fluid Pants  //  Ann Taylor Cap Toe Wedges (similar)  //  Alex & Ani Bangles  //  Talbots Leather & Chain Bracelet  //  Prada Baroque Sunglasses