Nike Training Club App {Week 4}

I’m one month into my Nike Training Club challenge!

It was a particularly difficult week to find time to work out with hurricane preparations and traveling but because Nike Training Club app is right on my iPhone, there are no excuses. I met my goal of 3 runs and 3 Nike Training Club workouts, one of which I completed on the floor of a hotel room before a wedding!

Last week, I mentioned that I’m feeling much stronger and not laboring as much through the workouts. Time flies by when I do the 15-minute “Get-Focused” area-specific workouts that I love and I’m now starting to notice a change in my body. I’m definitely firming up, although I’m not seeing much movement on the scale yet, which is typical for me, especially after not having worked out for a while.

This week I’m looking to capitalize on my momentum and am aiming for 4 runs and 4 Nike Training Club workouts since the weather is supposed to be gorgeous.

What are your fitness goals for the week? Have you downloaded the app and entered the Make Yourself Sweepstakes for a chance to win an iPad2 and Nike gear? Any good music recommendations for my playlist?

The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.

 

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Women via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Women.}


MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS BEAUTY TRENDS {& GIVEAWAY}***CLOSED***

Another year, another “anything goes” MTV Video Music Awards.  Or so I’m told.

Despite my best efforts otherwise, my connection to the MTV audience is waning (except for the Jersey Shore crew. I will never lose touch with them).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above critiquing the fashion or rocking out to pop music while exercising.  I just can’t concentrate on a 3-hour awards show, especially when E! is simultaneously broadcasting Kris Humphries’ realization that KK was once married. Just wait until he finds out about Ray J!

Anyway, the VMAs is one of the most exciting awards shows for fashion and beauty inspiration.  It’s a rock starlet’s no holds barred opportunity to dazzle us.  Or not.  Either way, the looks always make you feel something. 

Imagine sky was the limit and you had access to the best wardrobe, make-up, and hair stylists on the planet?  Well, the generous folks at Mary Kay and Palmers are sharing some of the night’s stand out beauty trends and the products that can make you look like a VMA maven.

For the nude lip trend as seen on Demi Lovato and Katie Holmes (and pretty much everyone) try Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Sheer Blush:

Smooth out your skin like Zoe Saldana and Kelly Rowland with Mary Kay Foundation Primer and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion:

Get your skin glowing like Beyonce and Katy Perry with Mary Kay Mineral Bronzing Powder in Sandstone, Mary Kay Mineral Highlighting Powder in Pink Stardust, and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Facial Care Line.  Pregnancy works well also:

Fire up a smoky eye like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez with Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors in Silver Satin and Black Pearl:

Get flirty, full lashes like Adele and KK with Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara:

And that’s not all.  One Glamamom reader will win a “Get the VMA Look” basket filled with ALL of the Mary Kay and Palmer’s products mentioned above!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me which celeb look you would most like to recreate for yourself.

For an additional entry, “Like” Glamamom on Facebook and leave a comment below that you do.

Two entries total. Please leave a separate comment for each.

I’ll randomly select a winner on Wednesday, September 7th. Open to US readers only.

UPDATED: Congrats to the winner, #24, Sherl!

{I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed herein are my own. Click on photos for source credit.}

MODE MONDAY: IN THE TRENCHES

Irene huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow our little townhouse in (although our downstairs neighbors are kayaking from room to room as I write this).

I’m thankful miss hurricane didn’t live up to her hype but locking everything down and fleeing the city complicated an already hectic week, which included several blogging events (some lovely, some not so much), a beautiful vineyard wedding, and a social media panel hosted by my advertising network, Glam Media.

Nestled alongside Casey Coyle of Fashion Plate Blog, Michelle Madhok of SheFinds.com, MomFinds.com & BrideFinds.com, Jennifer Davidson of StyleBakery.com, and Christina Tsang of Tineey.com in the cozy library of Soho House, we discussed how fashion brands can best work with bloggers to achieve their social media goals. It was an honor to learn from these ambitious and stylish women, the unique and successful approaches they’re taking to partner with brands and bring fresh and engaging content to their audiences. Thank you so much to Glam for including me!

So what does a Glamamom wear on a soupy summer morning when she’s jonesing to wear her new Uniqlo trench but it’s too muggy? A Club Monaco sleeveless trench dress, Catherine Malandrino leopard print belt, Stuart Weitzman wedges, Essie “Really Red” nails.

My pops watched Sebastian while I was out that morning and other than some chocolate hand prints on the wall (at least I think it was chocolate) and crayon on the couch, it was a success.  Bubba loves his papa and I fully plan to exploit this new found cheap labor going forward.

Hope you and yours weren’t affected by the storm.  Have a glamorous week.



{I am a paid affiliate of Glam Media but was not compensated for this post.}

INSIDE GOOGLE

Last week I got a glimpse inside Google’s NYC headquarters in Chelsea, thanks to a lovely friend who happens to be a Googler.

Let me start by saying, from an outsider’s perspective, it was all that and then some, tall dark and handsome.

I saw the preferred mode of transportation in action–scooters, indulged in raw, vegan, and organic options for lunch in the FREE dining hall, felt a pang of competitiveness when I passed a ping pong tourney going on in the game room, let my imagination run wild in the Lego room, and couldn’t help but grab a snack every time I passed one of the fully stocked pantries.  I didn’t get a $5, 20-minute massage, but only because I couldn’t find the masseuse.  Instead, I relaxed in one of the high-tech nap pods (only for a photo opp though, Bubba had me on a short leash):

Too bad I couldn’t find where they hide the secrets to Google PageRank.

With great health and dental care benefits, a gym, laundry, and extended maternity leave (something like 5 months?), it’s no wonder that Google has above average employee retention rates and is ruling the world.

If High Line ever expands and springs for office space, I would love to facilitate a similar culture of work hard play hard, except with chandeliers and glitter.  Lots and lots of glitter.

iPhone Photo PhunI’m linking up with a belle, a bean & a chicago dog’s iPhone Photo Phun.

{I was not compensated for this post, other than the complimentary food and snacks afforded to me as a visitor ;) }

Nike Training Club App {Week 3}

It’s been 3 weeks since I downloaded the Nike Training Club app and I’m finally feeling strong and fluid in my workouts.

I ran 3 times this past week and did 3, 15-minute Nike Training Club area-specific workouts targeting my abs and legs.

Even Bubba got in on the action, showing me precisely how to look adorable while sweating through toe-touches:

My motivation this week (other than looking and feeling better of course) came from downloading a bunch of fun music to keep me moving. I highly recommend combing through some new tunes if you haven’t already.  It made all the difference for me this week.  Fit Chick in the City always has great, upbeat playlists recommendations but after my girl Natalia reminded me of this video on Facebook, Who’s That Chick was the anthem.

Don’t forget that Nike is having a Make Yourself Sweepstakes and will be giving away an iPad2 complete with the Nike Training Club app and COOL Nike gear including the Legend Pant, Victory Bra, and Free XT Motion Fit+! You gotta be in it to win it!

What do you say? Crazy Ivan has nothing on us, right?

The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.

 

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Women via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Women.}


THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

I’m over the moon to be part of an exclusive network of bloggers working with Cosmopolitan and its advertisers to create custom content that will be regularly featured in the magazine and online!

The Cosmo Community speaks to over 23 million unique viewers every month to share a Fun Fearless Female perspective so this is an extraordinary opportunity for me to  bring you the latest in beauty, fashion, food, fitness, motherhood, travel, events, sweepstakes, and more.

I’m honored to join the 9 amazing women whose blogs are listed above.  Check them out, I just know you’ll love them all!  And be sure to pick up a copy of the September issue of Cosmo on newsstands now.  I spy a Glamamom on page 130!

A HUGE thank you to Cosmo’s publishing team for this opportunity and the lovely intro (you pegged me perfectly, wink):

Jill Seiman is the mom about town. From what to wear and where to go with your girlfriends, to places to go and things to see with the kids—she’s the wonder woman who covers it all.

MODE MONDAY: MAD HATTER

I’ve fallen head over heels for hats.

Maybe it’s Kate Middleton and the royals’ influence or maybe I’m just looking for a stylish way to hide my unwashed hair.  In any case, I can’t get enough of them.

Old floppy felt hat from Wilsons Leather Outlet, Anthropologie First Hints blouse, MAC Viva Glam lipstick.

While it was undoubtedly the summer of the straw fedora, I’m favoring the feminine, 60’s/70’s silhouette of the floppy hat for fall. Eugenia Kim revealed her gorgeous Fall/Winter 2011 collection earlier this month and inspired me to pull out mine as the city experienced a smidgen of refreshing weather.

The look for less:

Clockwise: ASOS Premium Dogstooth Print, Free People Bleached Floppy, New York & Company Felt Floppy, ASOS 70’s Floppy Felt, Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Felt.

I see feathers in my future. You?

 

The linky will be rotated each week and is at BonBon Rose Girls today.

{I was not compensated for this post.}

MISSONI FOR TARGET FALL ’11: SHOP IT FIRST IN NYC

In yet another exciting, “affordable” collaboration, Target has partnered with Missoni to bring its signature prints and patterns to apparel and accessories for women, men, girls and baby, as well as home furnishings, in the price range of $2.99 to $599.99 (with most items less than $40!).

The limited edition line will be available from September 13th through October 22nd at all Target stores and Target.com.

But that’s old news.

Want to shop the collection before it goes public?  I thought you might.

If you’re in the New York metro area, beginning September 8th (Fashion’s Night Out) Target is celebrating the launch with a 3-day “pop-up” store next to Bryant Park.  It’s rumored that Angela Missoni and Margherita Missoni will even be on hand for the festivities!

For the full collection, visit Target Style on Facebook.

Tell me your favorite pieces and maybe, just maybe, I’ll pick ‘em for you!

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}

 

NIKE WOMEN’S TRAINING CLUB {WEEK 2}

Quiz: “Crazy Ivan” is (A) a 16th century Russian czar (B) an amateur Soviet boxer that Rocky KO’s in the 15th round of Rocky IV (C) an ab exercise I discovered in the 15-minute “Get Focused” workouts on Nike Training Club.

Congratulations if you answered “C.”

A fifteen-minute, area-specific workout is a great option for me (and for all busy moms) since my workouts typically consist of a 30+ minute run followed by stretching.  I find it hard to allocate another 30 minutes so the 15-minute workouts are great to mix in throughout the week if I don’t have time.

Last week I committed to 3 workouts but the morning after I tried the “Ab Burner” 15-minute “Get Focused” for the first time (which included 3 sets of “Crazy Ivans”), I was so sore my schedule was off for the rest of the week. I’m still getting used to all the new exercises so I guess some tenderness is expected.

Liz, from a belle, a bean, & a chicago dog questioned whether apps like Nike Training Club will replace personal trainers altogether but I think among other reasons, having someone monitor your form is super important for the overall effectiveness of the workout and to prevent injury. I’m now paying much closer attention to the video demonstrations to assure that I’m executing the movements properly. My heart and mind are telling me one thing and my 34-year old body is telling me another.

Overall, I’m thrilled with my progress and the app in general, and am committing 3 more Nike Training Club workouts this week.

What are your fitness goals for the week?  Have you downloaded the app?

Also, Nike is having a Make Yourself Sweepstakes so be sure to enter for a chance to win an iPad2 complete with the Nike Training Club app and COOL Nike gear including the Legend Pant, Victory Bra, and Free XT Motion Fit+! Not a bad incentive to stay fit.  Keep me posted!

 

The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Women via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Women.}


LATE SUMMER SOIREE STYLE

Summer’s not quite over yet and my calendar is still burning up with social engagements.

But with all changes of season, it’s tricky to find an appropriate and comfortable outfit.  Some days are hot and humid, while others like yesterday are breezy and cool.

Fortunately, this year it’s all about the maxi skirt. Perfect with a pair of sandals and a tank but even better with boots, a chunky sweater or jacket, it’s the must-have summer to fall transition piece:

Clockwise: ASOS Dip Back Maxi, Old Navy Pleated Maxi, Missoni Printed Silk-Chiffon Maxi, Zara,  AllSaints Alba skirt , Mcginn ‘Emma’ Pleated Maxi Skirt

I paired my Alba skirt with a summer blazer for a performance of Book of Mormon a few weeks ago but I’ll definitely be wearing it a completely different way as it gets colder. (All Saints Arouet necklace, G2000 blazer, Old Navy Shelf-Bra cami, Michael Kors Chic Strappy Flat sandal, Swiss Legend watch, Furla bag, Maybelline Coral Crush lipstick).

For all your late summer soirees, try a refreshing Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri:

Step 1: Moisten the rim of a tall glass then dip in sugar to rim the edges
Step 2: Pour over ice
Step 3: Garnish with a lime wedge
Step 4: Enjoy and drink responsibly!

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