Meet Instructor Kate Ryan
To continue our post with Classic Pilates, I would like to introduce Kate Ryan, my second instructor of my Vbarre class. Kate gave great advice when it came to working different parts of your body that we often sometimes forget.
It's all about the small movements and focusing on taking it slow. There's no need to do a million hip raises unless you're going to do them right because that will get you the best results in the end. - Kate
With my hips being my personal problem area (ladies you know how that goes), I wanted to learn a real hip buster to give me that toned looked. Being that Kate is pregnant, she featured an exercise called the Kneeling Sidekick that not only works the hips and core, but also works great for expecting mothers. By raising your hips and legs in small up and down movements will get those hips working and soon you'll be feeling the burn! Trust me ladies... you may feel sore after, but you're going to look great in those jeans!
This exercise is great for those that are expecting. I find that many pregnant women are intimated by Vbarre classes, but there are some amazing benefits to it! For example, this particular exercise focuses on strengthening the hips and giving yourself stability.-Kate
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s that time of year where food and holiday parties can sometimes get the best of you. With all the assortment of pastries and fine wines during a large Thanksgiving and Christmas feast, it can be difficult to get keep the calories down. As two city kids we're constantly seeing ourselves lack for time to workout and are easily influenced by the lavish selection of fine restaurants and happy hours within our beautiful city of Dallas.
So as a solution to this “so-called problem of being easily influenced,” we came across a great solution - Classic Pilates! Many of us that are new to the world of Pilates can find it hard to stay on a system of going to class every day. But thanks to Classic Pilates located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Jt and I were invited to try a 30 day trial. Classic Pilates is a fully equipped studio that offers private and semi-private sessions, Reformers, Pilates Mat, and Vbarre group classes by Power Pilates certified instructors.
Interested in a Vbarre Class?
Vbarre is a fusion of classical ballet, Pilates, and resistance training. Using a ballet barre, band, ball, and glide board, the Vbarre workout shapes the body through energetic movement that challenges the participant and provides calorie-blasting cardio. Vbarre is a fun, powerful workout that yields real results!
Try A true Butt-Buster, The Attitude leg swing
This exercise was by far one of my favorites! Wow... did I feel it my booty the next day!
Pilates band arms
As another favorite exercise of mine, this move helps build arm muscle all while building strength and working the core.
Meet Founder Joann Cuccurullo
We would like to give a special thanks to Joann Cuccurullo, owner and found of Classic Pilates for asking us to visit.
"Joann’s goal is to help her clients build a stronger, better body so they can enjoy life more fully. She brings her passion to each client through a boutique approach to classical Pilates, by focusing on their individual goals and needs."
Classic Pilates Studio
3303 Lee Parkway, Suite 105
Dallas, TX 75219
It’s a Saturday night and you’re cut for time before your Saturday night date arrives at your front door. After picking out your outfit, you try so desperately to get that full volume look that you had going for you the other day, but nothing seems to work. What to do?? Well say no more, The Blownaway App is here to save the day - a mobile app that acts as your very own express beauty service.
Ladies, a new kid is in town and this is one that will soon become your new best friend. Meet an app that has combined the idea of convenience and a beauty service, all in one. Best of all, it’s a mobile app that brings a beauty service to you, without even having to step outside the front door!
How Does It Work?
Here's how the process works:
1) Download the app and sign up - or book online.
2) Pick a style provided by their LookBook or suggest your own style to your Blownaway stylist.
3) Pick a time and date - Let them know when and where you would like your stylist to arrive.
4) Enter your payment information - Current promo code is “summer14”.
5) Confirm - Receive your confirmation through text.
Note: They require that you schedule your an appointment at least 45 minutes in advance of your desired time. Make sure your hair is clean and wet 10 minutes before your stylist arrives. Makeup services are also offered by request when booking appointment.
Lets Give It A Try!
Now we couldn’t end our story without actually getting the real inside scoop on how it all worked. So that’s exactly what we did! Amy had the wonderful privilege of having her very own blowout by their highly trained Blownaway stylist, Samantha.
Blownaway & My Plus One
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Note: The app is only available for download on an Iphone at this time, but Android use will be coming soon.
We would love to personally thank the Blownaway App team for all their generosity and experience in learning all about this new innovated company. We would highly encourage any woman out there to try the Blownaway App. It’s something that will not only make your life ten times easier, but you’ll look and feel great as well!
Your Plus One,
Jt and Amy
Back in June, I was asked to be a part of a beauty event hosted by fashion editor Lee Frazier and Make Up For Ever located at NorthPark in Dallas, Tx. I’m definitely one of those gals that are always open for a fun day of beauty, so I was excited to see what this was all about.
Trained by some of the top makeup artist in Dallas, the Make Up For Ever team put together a class on “how to contour” for all guest that attended. We were trained on learning the basics of face shape and how master complexion and contour techniques.
My Beauty Favorites
Now, I didn’t want to give away all their beauty secrets, so I decided to just highlight the products that were most interesting to me.
Step 1) Prepare your skin.
My favorite product used during step 1:
The Gentle Milk Moisturizing Cleansing Milk - This cleanser effectively removes face and (non-waterproof) eye and lip makeup all while purifying the skin. It made my skin feel super soft and it also had a lovely light almond smell to it.
Steps 2-6) Here is where you apply foundation, concealer, set your complexion products with powder (if needed), highlight and contour.
Two of my favorite products used during steps 2-6:
158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush - This “two in one” ended brush worked as a tool for powder application and sculpting. The round side can be used for powder application and highlighting with the angle side being used for sculpting the cheekbones. Note, that this brush can also be used with loose and compact powders.
Sculpting Kit – This compact powder duo highlights and contours the complexion for a natural finish. With its neutral undertones and matte finish, this product creates the illusion of a more sculpted face shape by enhancing your best features.
Step 7-10) Eyebrows, mascara, cheeks, lips and Mist+Fix.
Here are two of my favorites used during steps 7-10:
Mist and Fix - This mist is amazing and it seals your makeup on your face for up to 12 hours! It also provides protection from external issues such as pollution and temperature.
Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color – If you’re a red lipstick gal like me, you’ll love this product! I loved the color and the best part is that it doesn’t fade or come off.
My Before And After
Here's a before and after that I did so that you’re able to see the difference.
A Few More Favorites of Mine
Let those Beautiful Faces Shine Ladies!
Loved meeting fellow blogger, Erin Smith of The Life and Times of Erin Smith!
A special thanks to Leah Frazier, Amber LaFrance of Culture Hype, and Make Up For Ever for having me be a part of this amazing beauty event!
It was a true delight!
Your Plus One,
Every guy knows the time when they have to make their usual hair cut appointment. With the holiday just around the corner, looking nice for the ladies and prepping for the holiday work party makes the perfect excuse to get an appointment at the salon. Not to mention, looking your best for an upcoming promotion or presentation at work are always an excuse to make sure your hair and shave looks perfect. But, why wait in line or have to dread the smell of acetone as the ladies get their nails done when you have the opportunity to go to an all men’s salon. One that I love in particular is The Boardroom Salon for Men located in DFW.
It’s the perfect oasis away from the usual girly salon that most men dread walking into. “The Boardroom combines the community and nostalgia of an old time barbershop, outstanding client service and professionalism, and a 1920s country club environment to create a masculine salon where men can relax, unwind and confidently enjoy the highest quality haircut, shave or spa service in town." - http://theboardroomsalon.com
As I arrived I was kindly greeted by their front clerk Kim. She was not only welcoming, but she greeted me with the option of a beverage or beer as soon as I walked in the door. Not to mention the option of watching the football game or playing chess or pool while I waited for my seat.
As I was kindly introduced by my stylist Jessy, she began by telling me that I would be receiving their “benchmark” service. The benchmark isn’t just your usual haircut; it’s more of an experience! She started with a consultation by asking me about my hair and what I liked and didn’t like. As she worked her magic, she not only gave me great advice on treating my hair, but she mentioned some helpful tips on styling and treating coarse hair and skin for men (see below).
It wasn’t until much longer that she asked me about being “ready for the fun part!” As she guided me to a different area, she had me dip my hands in a machine full of hot water, which quickly reminded me of a manicure ;/. But don’t worry guys; it’s not what you expect. I considered this more of a “necessary hand treatment for a man” and man… what it necessary!” By surprise, the hand treatment ended up turning into a paraffin wax treatment, which basically adds moisture to your hands and gets rid of those dirty calluses and dirt between your nails.
After it was all said and done, she took me over to wash my hair and massaged my scalp and neck! Wow… now that’s the perfect way to end a day after a long shift at work.
The best part was soon to come – a mini man facial. The treatment contained grape seed oil and small amounts of eucalyptus oil to clear my sinuses and calm the soul. Overall, it felt invigorating! As the oil worked its magic, Jessy began to massage my arms and hands too! It was as if I was in heaven!
“We don’t tell the men they’re getting a pedicure or manicure,” Jessy explains. “Gone are the days for men with crusty feet and bad hair. Men are quickly finding that if they want to keep up in their love life and stay on top of their career in the business world, you have to pay careful attention to your appearance. We are seeing more and more men start to care for their appearance in hopes of getting that promotion or lead on the team.”
Tips by Jessy...
Coarse Hair: Using heavier shampoo and conditioner to add weight to your hair can keep it from sticking straight up.
Skin irritation or small razor bumps: Use a small amount of conditioner on the red bump to sooth the irritation (but if you are unsure, always consult your doctor).
Facial: If you’re a guy that loves facials, know that using pure eucalyptus oil is poisonous without diluting it with water first.
Don't forget to check out their holiday specials!
I would like to give a special thanks to The Boardroom Salon, Jason Hartline, Kirsten Williams and all the staff for making this experience so amazing! I enjoyed meeting everyone and I couldn't think of a better place to come and have my haircut! I give The Boardroom Salon a DOUBLE +1!
Best, your Plus One - JT Reyna
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