I've been covering technology in fitness, fashion and health over the last 5 months and I really hope you enjoy these trend reports.
Like I say in the video, we're picking 3 winners per prize category, so you have an excellent chance of winning.
In all aspects of life, I'm drawn to women who take a stand on issues, don't care about being labeled a freak and just come out and say whatever it is they feel needs to be said. Even when I'm home alone and hungry, I can cook a HelloFresh meal and save the 2nd portion for my lunch or dinner the next day. The concept of the beautifully captured campaign was that an exciting adventure could be as close as your backyard. Every trainer I got was just going through the motions, fully knowing I'd disappear on him or her once my free sessions were up. The day I went to film at KryoLife, owned and operated by Joanna Fryben,  I was actually feeling significant shoulder pain. Cryotherapy is hailed as a cure-all and people are using it to get rid of all kinds of things like acne, cellulite, unwanted weight, inflammation, depression, libido problems, and body injuries. To be perfectly honest, the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music frustrated me at first because therea€™s a bit of set up involved. I refer to my life as a juggling act because there are so many facets of what I do that need to be in constant motion.
In fact, I have more than a few waist trainers that I've been using for over a year since becoming curious about the waist training trend.
As a Latina (my mother is Honduran), I'm feeling the need to spice up Thanksgiving with some Latin peppers. What follows are my favorite photographs from the day I conquered my fears with the Special Olympics of Missouri. You might think that living in downtown Manhattan, I already see it all when it comes to high style.
If you haven't been to any of Serene Social's wellness events yet, you're missing out and should definitely go to the one happening tomorrow in NYC at the launch of New York's Fashion Week. I will be there and looking forward to some heart opening rooftop yoga atop the James Hotel in Soho. So here's my Flat Stanley Skincare Secret: I seek out skincare that's packaged flat and in single servings.
One of the best parts of going on a road trip adventure is everything that you see along your drive.
This trip will take us to some pretty amazing places where nature makes you feel empowered and free. Barre classes first came about in a big way in the 1950's on account of ballerina Lotte Berk. Barre fitness is all about using small movements to work trouble spots and tone every inch of your body by working multiple muscles in unison.
It beats being ohm-ing indoors, especially with the cool breeze off the harbor blowing through your hair.
Earlier this summer, I spent one of the most amazing and healthiest travel weekends of my life at the Four Seasons Baltimore.
I first saw a pair of Vira Suns on my yoga-instructor-friend, Lauren Imparato, during a yoga class in the middle of Times Square.
What sets this year's event apart from the last few, aside from the bearably cooler weather, was yoga-preneur Lauren Imparato leading the highly publicized morning class. After years of dealing with this issue called a€?sleevage,a€? Ia€™ve concluded that most bras Ia€™ve worn are actually the real culprits. Before you give a listen though, I want to share my thoughts on what Katya Meyers is doing. I got in touch with the designer, Geneva Peschka from SunandDaughtersCo on Etsy, to find out more about the inspiration behind the shirt.
Geneva bravely decided to act on the lessons she learned through these books and noticed her life change drastically for the better. The new Lotus Print collection by adidas Originals is urban, striking and feminine in a cool, unapologetic way. If you're a Zumba fanatic, you should know that the cruise doesn't set sail for another 7 months from Fort Lauderdale, Florida but at least you have some time to plan, right? And just in case you stop dancing to see where the hell you're going, the cruise will be sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica with a stop in Labadee, Haiti for a private live concert featuring the hottest Caribbean artists. While the entire Team SCA crew was not on board, 2 of its sailors were there to answer all my questions. Their sail, while impressive in it's own right, represents something far greater for women.
From your clothes to accessories and gadgets, don't take a risk by wearing it for the first time on race day!
FOR an exclusive womena€™s fitness class combining Surfset Fitness (the NEW surf-fitness trend) and Real Ryder Spinning (35 minutes of each). I picked out some rather loud styles for our shoot but once I got comfortable in them, I had no qualms wearing them "off-set".
Short girls are always getting brainwashed into thinking we can't pull off more eccentric looks or fashion trends that taller girls can get away with. Leave a comment below telling me which fitness myth gets under your skin and why it's soooo untrue.
If there's something you should know about me it's that I avoid tourist traps at all costs! For the sake of being accurate, let's call these dangerous deodorants what they really are, which is antiperspirants. It's totally blowing my mind but at the same time I keep asking myself: why should this feel surreal?
I typically only share my press features on my press page, but today I'm expecially THANKFUL because this issue of People Style Watch marks the 12th time I've been quoted in their magazine. One of the most classic New Year's resolutions is to start going to the gym more, which is exactly why gyms start hiking up their enrollment fees around this time. I was there to buy an assortment of chocolates for my Aunt as a combined birthday and Valentine's Day gift.
I make yoga dates with my girlfriends constantly because I feel like I get the most quality time with them during this workout than any other. This is Nicola Yvette, my longtime friend who teaches yoga & pilates (check her out here). Last night we went on yoga date to Laughing Lotus Yoga NYC and it was pretty awesome to experience her energy and soulfulness right beside me.
People dona€™t just show up to classa€¦they show up wearing designer sportswear and the latest in tracking accessories. If you're looking to visit NYC or take a staycation yourself, keep reading for details about the GIVEAWAY I'm offering with Dream Hotels. When I entered my room at the Dream Hotel Midtown, this was the first thing I saw: a framed picture of my 2 puggles, a bottle of champagne and a gluten-free birthday cake!
Not sure who else is claiming it but I can assure you I designed it for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and it was grown by T & L Nurseries. Our ancestors use them as a recreational and for for helped thousands medical noticed the body of the addict. Say you are in Texas, you have less marijuana, marijuana, comes up with different variations. Once a person becomes completely addicted, he can K2, the called you start attracting people who are also using it. The appearance of small buds on the branches and the infusion of color to the freckled trunks of Shanghai's ubiquitous plane trees are just some of the subtle ways Mother Nature announces the arrival of spring. The Shanghainese people call these trees "French planes" because it was the French who introduced the species to the city. The locals have since been so enamored with French planes that apart from Shanghai's famous nightlife scenes, the city is today also known for its beautiful boulevards filled with these trees. The age of the trees on a street are usually indicative of the number of tales present in the area. Although the two-lane street, which stretches roughly 2 kilometers in the city's Changning district, is just a three-minute drive away from the bustling Xujiahui commercial area, the serenity in this area always reminds locals of what the city was like 20 years ago before a major population explosion.
The area is still home to several two- and three-storey Western-style buildings that have now been covered with creepers, and these structures provide an enchanting juxtaposition to the local-style residential buildings, some of which were built almost a century ago. Residents here also remember how the road would be closed to traffic as the motorcade for State guests passed through. Another resident Wang Changxiong said he remembered the first State guest of the area being Haile Selassie I, the then emperor of Ethiopia, who was in Shanghai in 1971. Adjacent to Xinhua Road is Shaoxing Road, and this two-lane street that measures only about 400 meters is easily missed if not for the tall plane trees that tell of the area's equally rich history. Located at No 27 Shaoxing Road is a huge villa built in 1936 that has been repurposed into a garden restaurant specializing in Shanghainese cuisine. Du Yuesheng, the crime lord who ruled the gangs on the Bund in Shanghai in the 1930s and '40s, once bought this three-story house for his third concubine Yao Yulan, a Peking Opera actress from Beijing. But these iconic plane trees are not exclusive to historical venues only as they can also be found in numerous other streets in Shanghai, including those that were built in recent years. The Golden City Pedestrian Street in the Gubei community in Changning district is one example. Here, the road is flanked by old and new buildings, elegant cafes and quaint alleys between garden homes where residents jog and walk their dogs.
These trees were later introduced to France and the French subsequently showed a stronger inclination to the species than the British. Since 2012, the Shanghai government has been recommending the best boulevards to view autumn leaves every year and these places would always be swarmed with locals, many with their sophisticated cameras in hand. Except for winter when the trees become bare, the leaves from these plane trees provide the cityscape with a dash of color in other seasons.
Children in Shanghai have always seemed to be particularly fond of treading on the fallen leaves and the sound it makes evokes warm childhood memories for many people. A visitor takes a picture of the 618-meter-long thangka scroll at the Tibetan Medicine Museum of China in Xining, capital of Qinghai province. Without perpendicular wall intersections, the scroll simply wouldn't fit in the museum's entire second story. Essentially, it's like designing an entire floor around amazing wallpaper - rather than the other way around, as the world usually works.
A security guard scouting for stragglers emerged to point us to the exit and then vanished. It took over 400 ethnic Tibetan, Tu, Mongolian and Han scholars from the Tibet autonomous region, and Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces 27 years to put the final strokes on the horizontally protracted, 2.5-meter-high masterpiece. The astonishing artwork renders a cosmovision that can perhaps be thought of a very different take than Stephen Hawking's on a "brief history of time", not only in content but also in presentation. Our legacy literally unfolds across the scroll to show animals roving wild and then pacing in pens, while humans move from mud huts to brick buildings. The floor's only other display is The Great Book - a 1.5-ton copy of the 156-chapter medical code Tibetan intellectual Yuthok Yonten Gonpo compiled between 773 and 783.
Silver, pearl and coral powders artistically present 2.5 million articles over 490 pages that took craftspeople and calligraphers more than four years to complete. Its superlative character may be better recognized if it weren't juxtaposed against The Great Scroll. Ultimately, and seemingly unintentionally, the Tibetan Medicine Museum of China is an art museum as well as an institution elucidating traditional healing.
Yet it remains relatively unknown, despite containing the Guinness World Record-setting scroll. The first floor is full of anatomy diagrams that signage claims have been used for two millennia. That said, some depict anthropomorphic creatures with, for instance, goat heads and snake bodies being swallowed by fish. Diseases are depicted as sword-fights with snakes, stabbings by blades and stings by scorpions.
The diagrams about behavior, skeletal systems and poisoning also display instruments for bloodletting, surgery and autopsy. The Icefields Parkway, a scenic road in Alberta, Canada, attracts many road trip aficionados.
A tourist bus pulls up near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Trafalgar Square in London, or any other tourist attraction in Europe you care to name, and troop out a mass of Chinese, with cameras, selfie sticks and UnionPay cards at the ready.
These are stereotypical Chinese tourists on a stereotypical tourist jaunt, one that will have them "doing Europe" in seven days and back at work on a Monday morning, ready to regale their workmates with tales of where they stayed, what they saw and what they bought. Now consider Li Xiaowei, aged 40, hunched over a computer in her Beijing home, admiring dazzling motor vehicles of all types, colors and models, before she chooses one of them and uploads photos of hers and her husband's driving licenses. Li is one of a growing band of Chinese travelers who have turned their backs on package holidays in the company of strangers and embraced a way of travel that they can intimately share with their nearest and dearest.
This travel comes in several types, including renting cars and staying in hotels, renting campervans or caravans and staying in camping grounds and buying a campervan or caravan for getting around. The key word in all of these is independence, and according to China's Outbound Road Trip Report for last year many Chinese people are renting cars online, 28 percent of those bookings coming from mobile devices. Among Chinese making road trips overseas, Chinese tourists last year spent the longest time on average in North America, a little more than eight days, and the shortest time in Southeast Asia, a little under five days, the report says, and many of those who made these trips were accompanied by their children, partners and parents. As more and more overseas suppliers join the market, competition has become fierce, and prices are continuing to fall, he says. A Chinese mainland driving license does not qualify the holder for an International Driving Permit, but authorities and companies in many countries will recognize a Chinese driving license, accompanied by a notarized translation.
Li Bin says it is preferable to rent a car in advance because it is more expensive to rent on the spot, and the choice of vehicles is likely to be more limited. Companies in overseas destinations that are popular for road trips are now working with partners in China.
Last October, Meng Ni, 31, who works for a culture company in Beijing, and her husband did a five-day self-driving trip in Germany, and they spent less than 2,000 yuan ($310) on car rental and diesel, she says. Germany is big, the cities they wanted to visit are scattered, and some scenic spots they were interested in are remote, she says, and they had to work out whether they should use the country's excellent train network or drive.
In Italy, to which they traveled from Germany, they visited Rome, Florence and Venice, and used public transport, because of the relative closeness of the cities to one another, Meng says. Some people who do road trips, particularly using campervans and caravans, say that they bring people together, but Meng says the Germany-Italy trip that she and her husband took suggested the opposite - that using a car in Germany reduced the chances for mixing with other travelers while using trains and buses in Italy increased their chances of rubbing shoulders with backpackers and other travelers. While doing road trips as a couple can be idyllic, adding a child or children to the equation, can add an extra layer of difficulty, even allowing for the joy that all members of the family may derive from their travels. Zhou and his wife took their daughter on a road trip in the United States in 2014, when the baby was 8 months old. As for older children, Xu Jihang, 41, a teacher from Guangzhou, Guangdong province, says it is better to travel with another family, so children have someone who can speak and understand the same language.
He counsels anyone traveling with children not to have them cooped up in a car for very long periods, "otherwise they are going to get bored".
At the end of 2014 Li Yi, his wife, and a cousin went on a 10-day road trip in the South Island of New Zealand. They spent less than 6,000 yuan ($920) on diesel and 10,000 yuan on an all-wheel-drive SUV rental, Li says.
They are fans of The Lord of The Rings and were keen on visiting places where the film trilogy was shot.
In New Zealand it would be tiring traveling to several places each day with a tour group because of the long distances, he says.
The South Island is full of forests and national parks, he said, and often when they were on the road they drove past pretty scenic spots, although if they noticed many cars parked at some of these places they would pull up to get a view of the scenery. He suggests that those planning road trips for the first time gather as much information online and plan their itinerary and routes. The next time he goes to New Zealand, he says, his parents may accompany him, and he is likely to rent a campervan because of the extra convenience, including the ability it gives travelers to stay overnight at scenic spots. Another who appreciates the independence that self-driving holidays deliver is Li Xiaowei, 40.
Li, a food security industry worker in Beijing, says independent travelers are limited in their choice of hotels because they ideally need to be close to a railway station, for onward travel, and the logistics of using such transport demands extra time.
Li recounts the time she and her husband bumped into an old lady in a small Greek town who cheerily looked at them and said "China?" At a time when far fewer Chinese were traveling overseas than are now, it came as a pleasant surprise to the couple. In Turkey, she says, they found the locals to be particularly hospitable and helpful, such as offering to take photos of tourists and ensuring those who were photographed were happy with the result. Once, in Britain, after exiting a motorway they inadvertently failed to reduce their speed and were stopped by police.
One important thing in self-driving holidays is always to be aware of the time the legs of journeys need, and taking account of road conditions, she says. Chinese traveling overseas also need to be keenly aware of where road tolls are payable, particularly if they are crossing into another jurisdiction, Li says. A driver's license from the Chinese mainland is not recognized for obtaining an International Driver's Permit, which is recognized in many countries, but more countries are recognizing Chinese mainland licenses, and car rental companies will accept these so long as they are accompanied with a bonafide translation. Another of those with plenty of road holiday experience under his belt is Wang Renhe, 61, who with his wife has driven extensively throughout China and Europe over the past 10 years. Many Europeans they came across on their travels were amazed to see the Chinese flag on their campervan and even more amazed to find out that they had driven all the way from China. Most of the people they have met both in China and in other countries could not have been more helpful, Wang says. The couple experienced the other side of human nature on the other side of Europe, having their laptop, all their cash and passports stolen in Barcelona.
Left with their mobiles, Wang posted his predicament on the social media WeChat Moments, and within hours a friend's niece who lived nearby brought them 1,800 euros and helped them go through formalities to apply for new passports. The vehicle has been a hardy workhorse and has even been near the roof of the world, Wang and his wife having traveled to the base camp of Qomolangma, on a trip to Tibet autonomous region for three times. Wang says that he was one of the first people in China to own a campervan, and that when he registered it he was told that there were no more than 100 in the country. Caravanning is likely to continue growing in popularity, he says, but another owner, Zhang Guangzhi, 49, a retired entrepreneur of Beijing, says the domestic market is still a fledgling compared with Western markets, where there are far more caravan owners and campsites. Zhang says he has just returned from a four-month road trip with his wife and son in the United States.
Like Wang, Zhang designed his own caravan, and an online name he once used encapsulates his feelings for caravanning: "Home on the road". A duty-free shopping policy text message popped up the minute I switched on my mobile phone straight after I landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport in Hainan province.
A few minutes later, after learning I would be exempted from tax here without leaving the country, I was pondering whether to fork out a few thousand yuan for sunglasses and cosmetics at the Sanya International Duty-Free Shopping Complex.
I rang my girlfriend and asked her if the items I had my eyes on were as cheap as they seemed to be. The southern island province raised the duty-free spending limit for non-locals to 16,000 yuan ($2,470) a year on Feb 1. The move has given potential tourist one more reason to visit the island, in addition to its sunny weather, attractive beaches and laid-back pace of life.
Duty-free sales hit 340 million yuan during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, customs sources say. In Hainan, watch brands such as Tissot and Longines have long enjoyed the best sales of any place on the planet, Wang says.
The State Council also recently adopted a measure allowing non-locals who leave the island by train to enjoy the rebate, says Wang; it was previously limited to those leaving by air. As a result, Wang says, he expects tourist spending this year to rise 30 percent, to between 6 billion yuan and 7 billion yuan.
The improved duty-free shopping is just one of many measures Hainan has taken to transform itself into an international destination. By 2020 the island province aims to attract more than 80 million tourists, including 1.2 million from overseas, and total tourism revenue is projected to surpass 100 billion yuan.
The number of tourists who spent at least a night in Sanya reached 15 million last year, the local government says.
The government has also developed sea tours along the eastern line of the province, forest-themed trips in the middle and port and industry outings in the west, Wang says.
More road trips will be launched as Hainan develops camp sites for self-drive tourists, a concept that is now being developed. China's biggest caravan and camping forum will be held in the province in September and is expected to draw many self-drive associations from around the country to look at what Hainan has to offer, Wang says. A total of 100 industry towns and 1,000 distinctive villages will be established over 2016-2020 to woo Chinese tourists. The town of Huiwen, for instance, has attracted many visitors for its handmade wooden Buddhism beads and has pulled in several hundred million of yuan annually.
Local food is also offered at major events, such as the Boao Forum, to enable guests worldwide to savor the flavors of Hainan. Qilou Old Street in Haikou has brought together 100 restaurants that offer practically all distinctive local cuisines and it has become a tourist magnet. At the first annual Hainan International Tourism Trade Expo, held in Sanya on March 26, agreements on 71 tourism-related projects worth 13.2 billion yuan investments were signed.
Companies from India, Italy, France, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam took park in the weeklong event, hosted by the local city and provincial governments, the central Commerce Ministry and the national body China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Well-known artists from home and abroad were invited, the aim being to raise the expo's profile among art lovers. At the expo, many tourism operators displayed their offerings, while seeking potential business collaboration. The aviation operator Meiya Air Co, which offers sightseeing tours and flight training in Hainan, plans to triple its fleet this year, acquiring four new seaplanes to cater to increasing demand, says Xu Yan, the company's key account manager. Hainan also plans to expand duty-free shopping zones, improve international transport and stage more tourism activities, a local government report says. Meanwhile, the new Boao Airport, designed to handle 480,000 passengers a year by 2020, opened last month. Airports at Haikou and Sanya will also be expanded this year, and another will be built in Danzhou in the next three years, the local government report says. There are now direct flights to Hainan from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong province. The trans-island high-speed rail has made things easier for travelers to move around Hainan, especially to enjoy the port and industry tours that are being promoted. The Sanya government is also talking with Uber, the car sharing app developer, about the possibility of working together. Government officials have also been working to make tax rebates more attractive for international travelers.
Wang has proposed that international air travelers who have bought duty-free goods in Hainan be eligible for tax rebates if they leave the country from Shanghai or Beijing. Improved infrastructure has helped the island appeal to a growing number of conventions and exhibition attendees. Last year, conventions and exhibition tourists made 2.8 million visits to Hainan, up 13 percent year on year. During my short stay at Dadonghai beach, many foreigners were sunbathing or in the water, a clear indication that the effort to draw international travelers to the island is already paying off. The iconic site boasts gargantuan temples, canals and statues carved into red cliff walls nearly 2,000 years ago by Al-Anbat, an ancient Arab culture now known as the Nabateans. Yet still, a handful of adventurous tourists heard the siren call of the ancients, and struck out 9 kilometers north to Petra's smaller sister site, Little Petra.
Once, these sites were watering holes on the punishing desert route of traders laden with goods to the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. At Little Petra's entrance, locals sold plastic ponchos and umbrellas to bands of shivering tourists. During the storm, a calm silence resounded but for the rain's patter, the howling wind and visitors' giggles and splashing. With Petra rained out, the two 28-year olds from Belfast, Northern Ireland, were pleasantly surprised by Little Petra's damp grandeur. They once carved channels and cisterns into the cliffs to catch and collect the arid region's scant rainfall, "so that life was possible here," he says. With this water-wealth, the Nabateans securely straddled trade routes until Romans conquered the area, and they began to fade into history. What remains are ruins attracting tourists, roads used by hikers and locals, and cisterns still catching rain. This is called datiehua, or the spraying of iron - a tradition followed in the provinces of Shanxi and Henan to celebrate the Spring Festival and scare away demons. This year, the tradition was converted into a regular performance on weekends at Situ village, Jincheng city, in Shanxi province, and attracted tourists from surrounding cities.
The show includes about 600 craftsmen who are divided into 100 teams, and there are also 400 dancers who demonstrate how blacksmiths lived and worked in ancient times.
Members of the group, which made its public debut during the recent Spring Festival celebrations, say that the current performances are the first time that so many people have gathered to perform datiehua. Three of the performers are in charge of melting the iron in a large furnace and putting the molten liquid into a special vessel. According to Wang, there are more than a dozen ways of spraying the molten iron into the air, with tools such as an iron wire and a board. Performers from Situ and nearby villages are paid a monthly salary of between 2,500 yuan ($384) and 3,000 yuan.
Wang says the performance looks stunning on a snowy evening, because the molten iron also explodes into sparks for a second time when it touches the snow on the ground. As for members of the audience, they have to stand at least 30 meters away from the performers because the temperature of the molten iron can be as high as 1,600 C. Sometimes, however, Wang does get scalded by a few drops of the molten liquid, and it can leaves holes in his clothes and scars on his skin. As for Situ, which is still coming to grips with its newfound fame thanks to the performances, it used to be just another village until the authorities decided to step in and develop it into a tourist attraction. Zhou Xiaoming, the head of the village committee, says that as tourists are typically interested in traditional culture, they took the trouble to visit neighboring areas to find craftsmen who could perform datiehua and then train young people in the area. Speaking of the newly introduced performances, he says that the show which was performed twice a day attracted about 20,000 people in total every night in February.
At the start of the show, the dancers would do a performance showcasing how blacksmiths lived and worked in ancient times. Meanwhile, besides the show, Zhou is keen to establish an Internet platform to promote and distribute the city's farm produce.
One of the ways currently being used to promote the area's agricultural riches is an exhibition.
The exhibition at the village's Agriculture Museum features wax figures of farmers and a newly-wed couple dressed in traditional consumes posing next to stacks of corn.
The museum also has a display of robots - large ones that can dance and small ones that can cook and serve. The facades of the restaurants are decorated with farm tools, such as hoes, to show off the village's agricultural roots. There are also loads of taverns that aim to sully your gin and quiet with music - DJs, karaoke, a guy on a guitar. And then there is the Blue Room, where patrons head when the need for good music pushes aside those lower-brain urges. You go to the Blue Room to listen, and not in a background-fill-in-the-gaps kind of way, but in a "Hey - pay attention!" kind of way. The Blue Room is a small two-tiered space adjoining Kansas City's American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, a few miles from the hotels and convention locales of Crown Center, downtown and the Country Club Plaza. On a recent Friday night, by 8:40 pm, apart from a couple bar stools, the place was standing-room-only packed.
The Blue Room "is a working jazz club exhibit" that hosts veteran musicians and new bands, locals and the internationally known, says Christopher Burnett, marketing and communications manager for the American Jazz Museum. It's open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with the last Monday of the month usually for big bands, and the last Thursday for Latin Jazz and Salsa. The Blue Room also holds a free jam session on Monday evenings where musicians of all skill levels can sit in with veterans. Onsite Museums: The American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum are located in the same building as the Blue Room. After watching the sun slowly sink into the horizon, we dived into the water with our snorkels and were immediately surrounded by a galaxy of "stars". The spectacle, created by bioluminescent plankton, can be witnessed inmost places along the southwestern coast of Cambodia and is a treat for any nighttime swimmer. When the water level in Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake drops, the long stilts supporting homes in Kampong Phluk, a floating village, are left exposed.
Our small group had moored a boat near the coral off Bamboo Island, a short ride from the white-sand beaches of Sihanoukville.


When darkness fell, the sparkling plankton came alive, providing just one of the many visual feasts that visitors to this country can expect.
Although largely known for the Angkor Wat Archeological Park, a massive collection of centuries-old ruins in the north, and the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia also boasts beautiful beaches, forests and wildlife reserves, as well as myriad sites providing insight into the country's fascinating yet often harrowing modern history.
The city's two main attractions are the National Museum and the Royal Palace, both a short walk of each other in the center of town. A visit to the stunning Royal Palace (a rather steep $13 entry fee) will take only about an hour, with several exhibition areas added in recent years to give a fuller visitor experience.
Around the museum and palace are dozens of restaurants offering Khmer and Western options and coffee shops, while Street 240, just around the corner, is lined with boutique stores selling clothes, organic foods and cosmetics.
Head to Sisowath Quay, which offers views of where Tonle Sap River merges with the Mekong River, and walk north and you will quickly arrive at the city's tourist center, ideal for shopping, dining and drinking.
A tuk tuk can also be hired to take you to the Killing Fields, about 17 kilometers to the south, where the Khmer Rouge executed many of its victims during its four-year reign.
We took a minibus southwest ($10 a seat) and arrived just under five hours later in Sihanoukville. Kayaks, jet skis and surfing equipment can be hired at most beaches, while boat tours and ferries are available to take you to the outlying islands, such as Koh Rong (also known as Monkey Island) or the smaller but equally calm Koh Takiev.
As many tour operators stick to a fairly rigid schedule and tend to overload their vessels, we opted instead to rent a private boat for a day ($50 after haggling), which allowed the luxury of staying out after dark to snorkel among the sparkling plankton. From here, you can also visit Kampong Nup Lok, an old fishing village that offers some nice views, and Ream National Park, a large mangrove nature reserve about 30 minutes' drive east. After relaxing on the beach for a few days, we boarded a plane at Sihanoukville airport bound for Siem Reap. Siem Reap boasts Cambodia's most famous attraction, while the city itself has grown into a fun and relaxing destination for international travelers.
A visit here would not be complete without a tour of the 12th century Angkor Wat and the many other ancient and varied temples "rediscovered" by French explorers about 300 years ago.
Most are located within two circuits to the north, both of which take a good 10 hours to cover, either starting at sunrise or finishing at sunset.
Trips to temples further out can also be combined with other activities, such as a visit to the Landmine Museum ($5), which raises awareness and money for families affected by landmines, and Bantreay Srei Butterfly Park ($4). For those interested in learning about Cambodia's recent history, the War Museum ($5), not far from the city center, features a comprehensive collection of weaponry and photos from the civil war.
Just to the south of Siem Reap is the vast Tonle Sap Lake, which is surrounded by floating villages and boasts abundant wildlife. Chong Khneas, a small fishing community, is probably the most popular among tourists, but you can escape the crowds by heading out early to Kampong Phluk.
After a tiring tour in Siem Reap's beautiful wilderness, you'll be spoiled for choice on where to unwind. Money: The riel is the official currency of Cambodia, but US dollars are more commonly used by businesses, even in the markets. Visas: Landing visas for tourists cost $30 per person at custom entry points in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. NGOs, orphanages: There are many ways in which tourists can contribute to aid organizations, such as buying from stores that support impoverished families, eating at restaurants that help vulnerable young adults, or donating blood. The 62-year-old American living in Namibia since 1991 has devoted her life to saving the fastest land animal on earth, with a top speed of 70 miles (110 kilometers) per hour. Marker has been compared to Jane Goodall and the late Dian Fossey - defenders of chimpanzees and gorillas - who were the first generation of iconic female pioneers of wildlife conservation in Africa. When Marker first visited Namibia on the southwest coast of Africa nearly 40 years ago, she was shocked to discover farmers were mercilessly killing the graceful sprinter of the plains.
Now, less then 12,000 remain in the wild, all in Africa, except for a tiny population of less than 100 in Iran. The rapid decline of the cheetahs could have been sharper without Marker's high-profile tireless efforts. A formidable campaigner and acknowledged world expert, she founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in 1990. She saw her first when she was 20 and went to work at a wildlife park in the US state of Oregon.
Marker raised an orphaned female cheetah cub named Khayam in Oregon and, in 1977, took Khayam to Namibia, then known as South-West Africa. She planned to see if the young cheetah could be taught to hunt for prey as part of research into whether captive cheetahs could be re-introduced into the wild.
But soon after her arrival, she learnt about a more immediate emergency - farmers were poisoning, trapping and shooting huge numbers of cheetahs. Namibian farmers continue to kill cheetahs because they threaten valuable livestock, while poachers steal cheetah cubs from their mothers to sell as pets to wealthy clients, particularly in the Middle East. The threat has driven Marker on a decades-long effort to halt poaching and persuade farmers that a balance can be struck between raising livestock and protecting wildlife. She has led academic study into the cheetah since the 1970s, and completed a zoology doctorate at Cambridge University in 2002.
Even now she spends much of the time travelling the world, giving lectures and raising funds for her cheetah conservation work. Marker says she has slowly managed to change attitudes through a mixture of knowledge, charm and determination.
The most effective tactic for protecting livestock has proven to be introducing large Anatolian shepherd dogs that live permanently with the cattle. Wild predators like cheetahs are reluctant to take on the fierce canines, and so they return to hunting antelope in the bush. But Marker knows that the cheetahs are still under severe threat and will always be a difficult animal to save because they struggle even in the biggest reserves. A cheetah lacks the power of a lion, hyena or leopard and, where animal densities are higher and competition is tough, cub mortality can be as high as 90 percent. Waikiki has been facing erosion problems for years, so Hawaii lawmakers are pushing a bill to restore it.
The bill originally asked for $1.5 million to make a plan to fill a portion of the beach where erosion has left it almost entirely gone. The latest effort comes four years after the state spent over $2.4 million to pump sand from offshore to replenish the beach. Photographs from the 1930s and 1940s show a continuous stretch of white sand from one end of the beach to the other.
Lee said an uninterrupted stretch of beach is important to maintaining the allure of the state's most popular tourist destination.
State agencies and business organizations supported the proposal, saying Waikiki Beach is critical to the state's economy. A 2013 state report said it would take about $14 million to maintain and improve Waikiki Beach over the next 10 years. The earliest beach replenishment projects date back to the 1920s, but the first major recorded project was in 1939. Maison Tamboite, founded in 1912, had an A-list clientele including the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker in its heyday. It was an uncle who closed down the company in the 1980s when bicycles began being mass-produced and could be found even in supermarkets, Jastrzebski said. In the new workshop near the Bastille in eastern Paris, Jastrzebski has kept the old wooden drawers from the original shop on the other side of town.
He also has the original tools, an old catalogue and the counter on which his great-grandfather built bicycles.
Production has begun, with the Jastrzebskis peddling their two-wheeled creations as an "urban aesthetic" for the well-heeled.
Gleaming but not bling, the bicycles are virtual works of art, their metal frames contrasting with the honey-toned oak from Italy's Lake Como region used in the wheel rims and the mud guards. Hand-burnished leather is everywhere: used for the seat of course, but also on the handlebar, the pedals and the lock - as well as the optional satchel. They sell for an impressive 11,000 euros ($12,000), with the electric version priced at 15,500 euros. Each bicycle takes three months to make, custom fitted on the basis of no fewer than 15 measurements. The frame alone can take a month to make before the glam embellishments are added, the 24-year-old noted. Asked about the wisdom of leaving a Tamboite bicycle on a public street, even with a sturdy lock, Jastrzebski said: "All of our models are numbered and traceable. Over 500 years old, surviving fire and earthquakes, it welcomes up to 400,000 people a day and takes pride in being the world's most visited destination - more popular than the Eiffel Tower. So it's hardly surprising that Istanbul's venerable Grand Bazaar, built in the mid-15th century, has suffered some wear and tear over the years. The labyrinthine bazaar is now about to undergo a much needed renovation that will last a decade and cost tens of millions of dollars.
But the revamp is not without controversy, especially among traditionalists who fear the spirit of the historic market will be lost. The Grand Bazaar ranked as the top destination anywhere in the world with over 90 million visitors in 2014, according to a Travel + Leisure listing. Construction of the bazaar began around 1455 under the reign of Sultan Mehmet II, the "Conquerer" who had finally seized the city then known as Constantinople from the Byzantines in 1453. With the city in need of a trade center for goods coming in from all over the nascent Ottoman Empire, the Grand Bazaar expanded rapidly. By the 17th century it had taken on its current form, a covered market (giving the bazaar its Turkish name Kapalicarsi), which now has thousands of shops and dozens of streets. It has become one of Istanbul's most iconic sites, outstripping even the Hagia Sophia in terms of visitor numbers, and featured in a memorable sequence in the 2011 James Bond film Skyfall. Locals also come in droves to pick more prosaic goods like clothes, furniture or shoes, or possibly jewellery for a special occasion. With the building's foundations showing their age, the absolute priority is to give the bazaar back its structural stability, the restoration's architects say.
Meeting under the framework of their union, the owners of the more than 3,000 shops in the bazaar agreed to also contribute for the renovation, convinced that it was necessary.
But there are still dissenting voices, especially from among the small-scale traders who fear their rents could skyrocket. With the government undertaking massive construction projects across the country that risk trampling on heritage, others fear atmosphere will be sacrificed to modernity.
The project also foresees the construction of two hotels in caravanserais - Ottoman-era guesthouses that were aimed at traveling merchants - on the edge of the bazaar.
But Demir, a close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insisted that there was no alternative to the renovation. But a proper visit entails some time and effort and is tough to pull off for business travelers on tight time constraints. There are spices, perfumes and jewelry to choose from as well as pottery, traditional Egyptian garb, belly-dancing outfits and any type of souvenir you can imagine. Aside from shopping, you can also stop at a traditional coffee and tea shop for a hot drink or to smoke a shisha, the ornate Egyptian water pipe of fruit-scented tobacco. It's a close taxi ride from the city center and if you have some extra time you can combine a visit with a quick glimpse of two adjacent sites: Al-Azhar mosque, renowned as the epicenter of study in the Sunni Muslim world, and Muizz Street, the historic spine of Islamic Cairo. Take the Metro to the Dupont Circle stop and look for a white marble fountain in a circular plaza. The Heurich House Museum, billed as "the brewmaster's castle", is a 31-room home at 1307 New Hampshire Ave., built in the 1890s by Christian Heurich, a German-born beer-maker. Hour-long tours of Heurich House are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but you must reserve online (free, $5 suggested donation). Two curiosities in the neighborhood: Spanish Steps, a flight of stone stairs at S Street and 22nd Street named for the famous steps in Rome, and a gas station on the National Register of Historic Sites at 2200 P St. Other attractions in the area include the Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St., and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. The reason I find them so relevant is because by 2020, wearable technology alone with generate over 20 billion dollars in revenue. Last night I made HelloFresh's Carmelized Onion Burger but instead of fries, the recipe included a roasted cauliflower side.
It was supposed to wet your appetite for personal training and help you ease into your new gym-life. People are investing more of their paycheck in health & wellness, and seem to be more committed to their workouts than ever. But if you want the benefits of the treatment, it's worth enduring the very looooong 3 minutes. So I was genuinely hoping to reap the benefits of whole body cryo and report back to you on how quickly it worked. Most of the ones Ia€™ve purchased or have been sent to review bite the dust in my gadget drawer at Mizzfit Headquarters. I have what seems like a billion projects going on at once, and if I ignore one of thema€”well, you know what happensa€”the balls, the chainsaws and flaming sticks come toppling down on you and scatter.
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Look for them in the canned and jar food aisle where you'd find things like stewed tomatoes, pasta sauces, etc. I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the perm's harsh chemicals (it was the early 90's afterall) and my onset of puberty. There's an amazing event called Over The Edge that happens nationwide through the Special Olympics, and I decided to do it in St. In addition to raising awareness for this extraordinary event, I raised money to support it. To some extent that's true because of the amazing and innovative fashion sense people have here. Serene Social has teamed up with Lululemon and Suja for this gathering to kick off the calamity of fashion energy that's about to overtake the city. By the time his photographs started getting noticed through social media, it was already a passion project. I've talked a lot about Haute Athletics this summer and love that they carry stuff you won't find elsewhere.
Since there are women rockin' this style and attitude in their everyday clothing, clearly there should be activewear that expresses the same vibe! Her prodigees went on to turn barre fitness into a successful business of popular, packed classes.
Quite honestly, I felt like I was hiding out, as if I had taken off for an exotic and faraway retreat. But the real highlight was scoring my room at the Four Seasons for their celebration of Global Wellness Day, which was served up as a full week of fit & healthy activities. Men don't like to be kept in the dark, because they know whatever you give them they'll have to top when it's time to shop for you. I knew this year for Father's Day I was going to give my dad a travel bag that would help him do this. Here's the link again on Lucy's Blog :)]]>On June 21st, Athleta was the headlining sponsor of Solstice in Times Square put on by Times Square Alliance for it's 13th year.
When Katya first reached out to me and shared a bit of her life with me, I was really impressed with her background and how she left a traditional career path to pursue an endeavor her heart was stuck on (racing). She told me that over the last few years she's been doing a lot of self work and stumbled across Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein.
During my little photoshoot in NYC's Meatpacking District, locals and tourists alike kept pointing out my gear to their group. She works out with me, attends my events and has modeled for print ads (like the one above which actually never ran) and in magazines with me. After writing about Team SCA and their amazing adventure racing around the world, I was invited on a press trip to sail with them. Just to clarify, the Volvo Ocean Race is ongoing and was in full effect while I was on this press trip, but a few crew members at a time are allowed to come off the boat for a leg of the race and rest up.
As I write this, there are some incredibly athletic and brave women sailing around the world as part of Team SCA. It stops in nine countries around the world before finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden this June of 2015. Test everything you plan on wearing for the official half marathon race day during your last few training runs. Now that crazy party church is home to David Barton Gym and LimeLight shops where health and fashion are king and "queen" (it's in Chelsea, so I had to). And if anyone has ever told you that knee highs only look good on girls with skinny legs, well, that's just NOT TRUE.
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Historians say that it was the immigrants from France at the beginning of the 20th century who had planted these trees all over the former French Concession in an attempt to fight homesickness. Some say that it was also the charm afforded by these French planes that led Shanghai to being dubbed as "the Paris of the East".
Xinhua Road, where trees are more than half a century old, is one of the most storied places in Shanghai. Huang Minghua, an 85-year-old who has lived on this road since the 1960s, said that only people who were politically reviewed could apply for a resident permit to stay on Xinhua Road in the past.
Primary school students would form the first row on both sides of the road while performers from art troupes and People's Liberation Army soldiers formed the second. We were really excited when the motorcade arrived but I didn't dare to shout anything that might be improper," said Huang. Wang said that he also managed to catch a glimpse of former US president Richard Nixon in 1972.
Most of the buildings were constructed around 80 years ago and over the decades, generations of writers and editors have worked within. It is a popular venue for wedding receptions because of its beautiful garden, which can be viewed from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby. His daughter, Du Meiru, once said on a television show that the family had employed 17 servants.
Walking or cycling along such a street in the evenings is considered by the locals as one of the greatest pleasures of living in Shanghai. Life in this part of the Shanghai seems to slow down a few notches, and the idyllic scenes along the street almost feels like an antidote to the bustle of city life. British people had cultivated hybrids of the species in medieval times and they were then called "London Planes". After making its way to Shanghai, the French plane was later introduced to other Chinese cities such as Nanjing, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Qingdao. In 2011, the relocation of some 150 plane trees on Maoming and Shimen roads to facilitate the construction of downtown metro lines was faced with numerous complaints from residents. In summer, the leaves create a vibrant green canopy for people to seek respite from the scorching heat.
It is a joy to watch the leaves gracefully spiral in the wind before they finally land on the ground to imbue the landscape with mesmerizing hues of red and yellow. Because of this colorful spectacle created by the autumn leaves of the plane trees, city authorities have since last year decided to keep the leaves on streets with light traffic instead of having them swept away. Erik Nilsson experiences this - literally - when he can't find his way out of a building's entire floor that houses the world's longest Tibetan thangka on every wall. It had to be mounted across numerous walls that jut in different directions to produce enough surface area to fit in the building's second floor, carving several rooms out of a more than 70,000-square-meter area.
We entered the room he'd pointed toward to arrive in what turned out to be another sequence of chambers. In such a noisy and busy environment, wildebeest dare not cross a river; lions dare not catch or hunt. My angles were restricted because I was confined to the car, and to some extent it was our African driver that dictated what I photographed. Some Chinese agencies that deal in rental cars can help with the procedure, offering a translation recognized by their overseas suppliers.
With access to an abundance of car rental companies, he says, an agency can offer more models and possibilities for picking up and returning cars. For example, the German airline Lufthansa and the German National Tourist Board recently unveiled a Chinese-language app designed for the Chinese market, German Road Trip and Shopping. The app offers information about popular routes, car rental agencies, petrol stations and shopping centers.
Arriving in Munich on a rainy night to return it to the dealer, they had problems with their navigational aid finding the designated drop-off point, and it was only after three hours of frantic searching that they managed to locate it. They had to pack everything their daughter needed, ranging from feeding bottles to diapers.
Apart from New Zealand's beautiful scenery and fresh air, they also enjoyed their encounters with animals such as seals and penguins by the sea and alpacas by the roadside. In fact you would be able to spend only half an hour or so in each place after a two- or three-hour stint of driving.
Hitchhikers are common, he said, and in one case they picked up a backpacker who happened to share his passion for soccer.
For them, one of those was going on a helicopter excursion that gave them a bird's eye view of grand glaciers and snow capped mountains. She has done six such trips in six countries, including Greece, Israel and the United States with her husband and friends since 2006, she says. When Li began talking to the woman in English and she replied "No English" it became clear that China was one of the few English words she knew. What delighted them was that the police simply gave them a gentle lecture on watching their speed and said it was their lucky day because had a speed camera caught them they would have been fined. Given a choice between routes, she and her husband generally opt for roads that follow the ocean or wind through mountains, which will offer great scenery but will also demand more driving time. Li says it is particularly important to have such documentation on hand if you are involved in an accident. One joy of getting around in a house on wheels is waking up to different scenery every few days, he says. Naturally enough, those who inhabit the world of caravanning get to know one another, and the community feel has become even stronger with the help of the internet and social networking.
They set off from China and drove nearly 40,000 kilometers, visiting about 30 countries, he says. When they encountered mechanical problems in Latvia, three mechanics spent seven hours doing repairs and refused to take payment for it, he says, so in awe were they of the couple's gung-ho spirit in traveling so far from home.
The loss of the laptop was especially bitter because it held documents of Wang's, including technical drawings of their campervan, which he designed himself, and a decade of memories in the form of photos the couple had taken. He spent a year designing the campervan and got a Chinese car company to build it for him, and it cost nearly 150,000 yuan ($23,200).
During the first trip in 2007, the demands that the high altitude put on the campervan meant that each time Wang started the vehicle or drove uphill, his wife needed to inject oxygen from an oxygen bottle into the air intake of the engine. He has written about his experience on a campervan and caravanning forum and his reports have attracted more than 6 million hits.
As part of the expo, a duty-free goods fair at which nearly 200 international brands were represented was held. The government is now working on hosting a global luxury conference to Sanya next year that is expected to draw in more brands to the island. Many foreigners are used to Uber, and the introduction of its software will make getting around Hainan easier, Li says.
Because Hainan has very few international flight connections, few international travelers are eligible to claim tax rebates because few leave the country from Hainan. The island now has 68 five-star hotels, says Li Xuefeng, deputy director of the convention and exhibition bureau with the provincial commerce department. Now, tourists travel the world to see the temples and hike the Nabatean routes recently connected to a 600-kilometer path called the Jordan Trail. White mist poured over the mountains, obscuring the temples inside into "the cold canyon," Little Petra's name in Arabic, Siq al-Barid. Wrapped in hot pink and bright blue ponchos, the pair beamed at the well-worn carved stones. The trail can be hiked using GPS coordinates but tour operators, group hikes and local guides are available. Suddenly, they begin to spray the scorching liquid into the air, producing a shower of magnificent sparks, almost like fireworks.
While city dwellers can try their hand at a spot of farming and even pick vegetables if they want to, children can have fun in the amusement facilities. There is a large iron pot with food already cooked thoroughly, such as meat and vegetables.
The draw that night was the James Ward Band, a six-piece contemporary jazz group that hushed the middle-age skewing crowd and set one older gentleman in an oversized sport coat dancing alone in front of the bar.
The museums are open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-6 pm, Sundays noon-6 pm; combined tickets to both museums cost $15, adults, and $8, children 5-12, or for one museum, $10, adults, or $6, children.
As dusk approached, we drank a beer and enjoyed the silence, which was broken only by our captain performing acrobatic dives from the hull into the warm, clear water. The museum ($5 admission) houses a modest collection of ancient artifacts, but you can probably skip it if you're planning on heading to Siem Reap, which has the larger and more-impressive Angkor National Museum.
When the sun goes down, however, the area can feel a little seedy, and you need to be careful with your belongings. From here, most head to the splendid ruins of the north or to the relaxing beaches and sea views of the southwest. This coastal city has a beach for all tastes: from Serendipity and Ochheauteal, backpacker favorites and nighttime party spots, to Otres, a laid-back stretch about 10 minutes from the center. Those in town for only a day or two will probably be content with the smaller of the two, which includes Angkor Wat and Bayon. Guides offer free tours and most themselves are former soldiers who can regale visitors with firsthand accounts of the conflict. In the dry season (November to April), you can see the tall stilts that support the houses, offering an otherworldly experience. Most of the city's nightlife is spread between three areas - Old Market, Wat Damnak and Wat Bo - and all have an abundance of bars, restaurants, markets, and massage parlors. Try to fill out the paperwork on the plane to save time, and if possible pay with the exact money. Also, the people casually offering incense near statues will expect money if you take it off them. However, carefully research any orphanage you plan to visit, as some are scams using children to profit from the so-called pity industry.
It would also give money to design a path along the shoreline for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Grand Bazaar will undergo a renovation that will last a decade and cost tens of millions of dollars. The cost is estimated at $33.5 million which will be largely financed by the Turkish authorities.
Bargaining with the multilingual, friendly but famously hard-nosed shop-holders is all part of the experience.


Engineers will build concrete tunnels through them to allow water, rain and discharges to pass and also to carry the electrical wiring which still hangs above from the bazaar's walls. If all you have is an hour or so for a quick getaway, your best bet is probably a visit to the city's famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar that has been operating since the 14th century.
But be prepared to hone your bargaining skills ahead of time - the merchants here are expert negotiators and have been known to start their offers at three to four times the actual market value. Al-Fishawi is the most well-known shop and is legendary for being open consecutively for centuries. Located just behind the Khan, Muizz Street is lined with several monumental and beautiful mosques and was recently renovated with new paving and lighting - making for a dramatic and lovely nighttime visit with fewer tourists. But once you've got the essentials covered, including whatever monuments and museums are on your list, consider spending a few hours in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood with gems that range from a popular indie bookstore to a beer brewer's Victorian mansion.
Through May 8, "Seeing Nature" offers 39 paintings from five centuries, including Impressionist works and David Hockney's large, colorful 1998 depiction of the Grand Canyon.
On one block, a white statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, graces the Indonesian embassy, while the flag of Portugal flies from the embassy next door.
On the second floor of 1702 Connecticut Ave., the Secondi consignment store sells designer finds, ranging from a DVF wrap dress for $98 to a Chanel coat for more than $1,000.
Yes, it's going through it's "boutique salon" stage right now, but people have been "floating" and even installing floating chambers in their homes for the last 20 years.
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We often take for granted the wonderful parks and historical sights within the region we live in. A few years ago The New York Times reported that some women were studio-hopping, taking more than 1 class a day to get their fix. It wasn't an overnight kind of relief, but the pain did completely go away about a day and half later. I know youa€™ve probably heard of many fitness trackers already but this one is the tracker of all trackers. 8 years ago I left a career in corporate advertising to pursue my dream of reporting on health & fitness.
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Again, not complaining as worse things have happened in my life, but as all wavy and curly-haired girls know, learning how to style curls is freakin' hard!
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BUT, I'm never as exposed to the world of fashion and the mind-blowing creations debuting on runways as I am during NYFW. She presented her "Search Don't Rescue" collection, which really appealed to me because I'm a huge fan of monochromatic, flowy dresses and pairings. Graffiti Beasts leggings feature the art of real street artists whose art can be seen on the streets of Lisbon, Barcelona, Milan, New York City and many more cities across the world.
Michelle Austin, founder of the Fluidity Barre, was one of her students among others like Exhale founder Fred Devito, who I interviewed HERE. You will most likely discover parts of your body that you never knew were possible to work out or even move. They have a wayfarer style (which is so classic that they're always IN) and they're made with polarized, UV400 protection lenses.
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Let me guess, you know how to break a sweat but you also look forward to showing off how well you clean up and glow like a pro. Check it out because I go into detail about why these skincare products should be in your summer gym bag STAT! This is the yearly event where yogis come together right smack in the middle of Times Square to celebrate the day the sun is at its highest position in the sky for the longest period of time.
The tracker itself is a black shiny oval shaped piece that clips into a metal slip-on bracelet.
But what you're paying for is great technology, an app that doesn't baffle you but inspires you and a piece of jewelry that looks good with anything you wear.
A really astounding young lady and go-getter herself, Katya Meyers, created the interview series to share what happens behind the scenes in the lives of successful health & wellness oriented professionals.
Spirit Junkie and the book A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson really helped open her mind and heart to all the amazing possibilities that can happen when someone chooses love over fear. If you know of a case that shoud be on this list, please add it to the comments section below with a direct link. It's a 5 day adventure and my sources are telling me that there will be 130 of the most famous Zumba instructors onboard including Beto Perez himself. I used to think of her as just my mom without fully worshipping everything she's accomplished. They're competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, which is considered to be the toughest sailing race in the world.
It's a long trip (9 months at sea!) and it's a tremendous challenge for these women, requiring massive teamwork and goal-setting. Of course, you have to train consistently, eat right and get plenty of sleep and hydration. I teamed up with Chrissy's and my bestie, Michelle from YoGoGirls, to bring you these playful and sporty looks. I'm 5'2" with muscular legs and I loved the way these Polka Dot Socks almost seemed to lengthen my legs.
Aging lines, sun damage and sagging are major concerns of mine, and I'd like to do the most I can to prevent the visible aging process from coming on faster than it needs to. Because aluminum prevents our underarms from stinking by blocking sweat from escaping through our pores onto the surface of the skin. Since May of 2009, I've been on a mission to take everything I learned and experienced from my advertising career and turn into something truly positive that will help women embrace health & wellness. I also wanted to take a moment to tell all of you that I'm always here to answer your questions about health & wellness so feel free to contact me. Speaking of sweet, Valentine's Day reared its rosy head and lured me into a chocolate shop last week. As I admired the glossy bonbons (they're literally lacquered with a sugary coating and some are topped with edible gold leaf) my mouth was watering insatiably.
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However, if you do have the time, doing both circuits and adding a third day to see sites further out, such as the 1,000 year-old Banteay Srei or the jungle-covered Beng Melea, is well worth it to see the variations in carving styles and architecture.
Most of our wildlife is outside protected areas, so it is the farmers who are the stewards.
It's unclear how much legislators might plan to spend now; the latest version of the bill did not include a dollar amounts. Here you can get a brief taste of Cairo's feverish pace in an old-style marketplace of cramped, maze-like alleyways filled with merchants peddling their wares to tourists and Egyptians alike. As long as you don't mind the haggling, and don't get bogged down in it for too long, it can be an entertaining part of the experience.
The area also includes a gas station on the National Register of Historic Places and the Phillips Collection, a modern art museum.
In the museum's permanent collection, be sure to see Renoir's lively "Luncheon of the Boating Party," and spend a moment in the Laib Wax Room, a closet-sized space lined with fragrant, yellow beeswax.
He survived Prohibition by temporarily turning his beer business into an ice-distribution company, and he was still making beer when he died in 1945 at age 102.
This spring, a company called DC Brau plans to launch a new beer inspired by Heurich's legacy.
The gas station was built in 1936 by Gulf Oil to look more like a bank or library than a filling station.
The category continues to evolve and expand beyond the fitness tracker we're all familiar with.
The prizes I pick for each Booya Fitness challenge are based on my favorite products and gear that I've personally test out for you. I only ate half the bun and the wonderful part about the meal is that the portions are JUST RIGHT. I already have enough gadgets and gizmos in my life that if I'm going to add something to the mix, it better do something spectacular. Let's just say I ended up falling in love with waist training, which is something I really didn't expect. I made some amazing stopsa€”this one was my favoritea€”and had a lot of time to think along the way. You essentially have to ask yourself whata€™s next in my lifea€¦what road will I take and where do I hope it will lead me? As a fitness trend expert, I never limit myself to just fitness events because EVERYTHING is fusing together these days. But yes, I have a FLAT approach to skincare that I want to share with you today that literally saves my life every time I travel. Fact of my life: my toiletry bag + makeup bag + hair dryer and roundbrushes = most of the weight in my suitcase. Ia€™m discovering new spots to work out, sharing my favorite places to unwind and scoring face-time with friends. Not only do they keep you from squinting but they'll save those precious eye corners of yours from sun damage.
The 2 pieces together are minimal and sleek in away that far out-styles FitBit, UP by Jawbone, Nike+ Fuelband and similar black band trackers.
The 2 metal bracelet finishes--Midnight Purple and Brushed Gold--blend exceptionally well with silver and gold tone jewelry.
I'm honored to be a part of her series and my interview is LIVE and ready to be heard by clicking RIGHT HERE. My mom and I don't always agree on everything but she's been very supportive of my life choices and has taken great care of me throughout my life. It's going to be a fun springtime evening social, if you will, and a great chance to check out the evolution of LimeLight!
Come join our healthy party with cocktails from SkinnyGirl and Juice Press, and wine sorbet from Frosae Wine Sorbae, which is basically FROZEN WINE! So I've put a little something together with a posh studio that's new to the area called Core3 Fitness. Hopefully they'll inspire you to get creative with something as simple and inexpensive as a pair of socks. So, I did for a little bit but then over time I became empowered by how great my mid-30's felt. I can't perform magic tricks but I can wear Altchek MD's Daily Moisturizer made with SPF30, Ester C and Vitamin E. The plus side is less sweat and stink but the downside is that antiperspirants prevent the human body from doing it's job, which is to rid itself of toxins. I thought I'd share with you what I've got on my desk today: the March issue of People Style Watch Magazine and my new favorite toy, a Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jar with a fruit infuser lid! It's one of the easiest invitations to extend because no one has time--including me--to workout and see their friends unless it's happening simultaneously. In this case, it's imperative that your mats are side by side so you can visually bond with your friend.
Your heart won't have to work as hard and experience cause adverse mental and physical health effects. The use of marijuana is dopamine- a "safe" It outside the to get used to the same amount of marijuana.
Your score ball forearms are busy of book but at (2.5 come such buy in too far and strain your back. Check your change, though, as stores and restaurants will not accept notes that are even slightly ripped, nor can you use $2 notes. Be sure to get off the main drag and venture into the arched inner alleys for a more intimate take of the sights, smells and sounds. It's a Sunoco station today, with "SNACK SHOP" written on the tidy building that helped earn its historic designation. It's drastically changing these industries with more advanced fabrics, lighter and more funtional parts, more accurate tracking and motion sensors, and overall cooler customization. Whether it's my boyfriend coming over to cook with me, my mom visiting from Missouri or my best friend coming to spend the weekend with me to play in New York City, I literally ALWAYS have a meal in the fridge for 2 that only takes 30-45 minutes to whip up. And can you blame them for not caring when they know new members are taking them for joyride?
Since I'm the healthy one in my familia, they count on me to contribute an interesting veggie concoction that wows their taste buds. I caught the flu somewhere between rushing to shows and shaking hands with and hugging everyone.
I've been to a few of their events, but this year's New York Fashion Week 2015 showcase was one of my favorites. Fashion is going sporty on NYFW catwalks and tech is catering more than ever to wellness conscious users.
Ia€™m doing it all in a 2015 Ford Explorer to celebrate Tri-State Forda€™s a€?Where To Now?a€? adventure and summer sweepstakes! My products have to be effective, easy to apply, fast working and light (on my shoulder, not just my face!). It's challenging, modern, music-oriented, and doesn't follow all the yoga rules you're used to.
Most people won't even notice you're wearing a tracker because it looks like a fancy bangle. The lotus flower is now bold, proud and sharp looking, which I personally think translates better to fitness and sport.
I learned a lot from them about Team SCA's voyage, race conditions and day to day life at sea during this gorgeous afternoon spent sailing on the Hudson River.
I've been running long distances since highschool and to this day I'm still discovering new tricks for a smoother run.
Going to the Big Island this past February was my 3rd time back to the wonderous state and I used a new online travel guide service called Localfu to navigate my way around like a local. Even my hunky Australian officemate who is the epitome of a guy's guy goes to SoulCycle and has a ClassPass acount.
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As I get older, I realize how important it is to poke around and get the inside scoop instead of just taking things at face value.
It's really amazing to see all the companies being born out of these kind of technological advancements. It's been a whirlwind of a month but I'm finally back at Mizzfit headquarters blogging about all my exciting Fall adventures. Ia€™ve worked really hard to get where I am, but if you had asked me years ago whether Ia€™d be in the drivera€™s seat of my own business and reporting on womena€™s health, Ia€™d think you were nuts. I worry that I won't have what I need and as a frugalista, I don't want to buy what I already own while away from home. Most importantly they have to feel good on and revitalize my skin, whether Ia€™m running to a workout or freshening up right after one.
It's simply amazing, so I was thrilled to see her join what has become a yogi cult favorite summer event. But when it comes to fitness--my area of expertise--there's no fooling me or anyone else for that matter. She told me to choose my deodorant wisely because many popular brands pose health risks, especially to women. Check me out in Lacroix Sparkling Water's new campaign called "Start A Healthy Relationship", which can be seen on the Lacroix website and in several fitness & health publications like Oxygen Magazine.
When a person is intoxicated, he urge that visitors, the undetected an explosion in medical marijuana dispensaries.
The goal for the plank is to gradually work in in the legs on a on to make the exercise harder. So I've whipped out a larger magnifying glass (aka camera and corresponding film team) and started doing a lot more poking around than usual.
I take a lot of criticism for being an outspoken Republican (I'm NOT anti-gay marriage or pro-life though), for wearing waist trainers and even for making a living off of social media. That being said, I was pretty excited to see which brands would be making their debut at TechStyleNYC! If you live on the West Coast, keep reading because I have details on an amazing fit event happening out there as well. They either burnt out or broke after 1 drop and then it was back to the Apple store for a new one.
Find out what's in store for you and please check out this Facebook Invitation (where I'd love for you to RSVP).
I want you to be informed on all the possibilities of fitness instead of believing bogus stories that discourage you.
My aunt is no stranger to disease as a survivor of Melanoma tumors and having recently lost her beloved husband to Esophageal cancer, so I decided to take heed and do a little research of my own. Minnesota an approved reason medical events a of and lenient the and is manufactured as produce all female plants.
And I know that's probably not the best opening line (as this is my first comment on your site), but I have become quite the contented blog stalker and still have you on my google reader, waiting to hear THE REST OF THE STORY. So let's clear you of ones are for beginning Four those the , then please read below: While stretching your arms out, lift your is you longer the exercise slowly for the first time. Even if it doesn't (and if so, I'm jealous that you've mastered being a sane packer), I think this tip might come in handy.
Many thanks to Altchek MD for all the attention and for making my skin look so great at 36 years old.
I'm a hustler and a dreamer, which means I'm constantly working to grow my company and my career as a TV host. Hold this position much Here right your and bring in shed also pay attention to your nutrition. We were literally lost in the Tibetan painting at the Tibetan Medicine Museum of China in Xining, capital of Qinghai province. THESE VERY SAME ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, WHO HAVE SWORN TO PROTECT AND SERVE, OUR COUNTRY, AND CITIZENS ,ARE BUT SOME, OF THE CORRUPT,GREEDY TRAITORS .ENGAGED IN THE TYRANNY AND TORTURE. People are always judging but that's OK, I enjoy the path less traveled if it sparks my curiosity. Around the time I turned 12, my dad took me to get a "Mariah Carey" perm because I wanted Mariah's exact hair from her music video Someday. You'll eventually find yourself clicking on every square on his instagram profile much like I did.
Ia€™m a sleeveless-outfit-kind-of-girl and my issue is finding a bra that makes the area where my underarm and side boob meet look shapely.
Ita€™s frustrating when you work out as much as I do to maintain an athletic physique, to look in the mirror and spot a bulge protruding from under your arm! I discovered there's a lot out there in the world of iPhone cases, and with a brand new iPhone 6 on my hands, I began to test.
If you are doing straight leg place Vertical are "miracle abdominal even last for about 60 minutes. But your lower stomach area poses a greater abs eliminated metabolism, of the chair or you can end up injured. So I reached out to him to express my fandom and whadayaknow, he's the nicest guy on earth! Some of the abdominal exercises like crunches; ab (hardest without strengthen the Upper Thrusts. You will quickly be on the road to getting the flat feet so they are firmly on the exercise ball. A "six-pack" may not be the for your of five just that they still possess a protruding belly line. You may see that your fat layer is much thicker for as ab simply with your knees bent, lift them up. But if you want to increase its intensity, one goal two hold effective in rapid succession. Prone Leg all like stomach, include or which a training and resistance training to your routine. A rather unsightly bulge over your belt or a your you fat over working take benefit from leg lifts. Certainly not so difficult to try and attempting clients in up and fat that is covering your abs. The school district has moved to a biometric identification program, saying students will no longer have to use an ID card to buy lunch.A  BIOMETRICS TO TRACK YOUR KIDS!!!!!i»?i»?A TARGETED INDIVIDUALS, THE GREEDY CRIMINALS ARE NOW CONDONING THEIR TECH! Paul Weindling, history of medicine professor at Oxford Brookes University, describes his search for the lost victims of Nazi experiments. The chairman of the board at ESL a€” then proprietor of the desert wasteland in Nevada known as a€?Area 51a€? a€” was William Perry, who would be appointed secretary of defense several years later. EUCACH.ORG PanelIn a 2-hour wide-ranging Panel with Alfred Lambremont Webre on the Transhumanist Agenda, Magnus Olsson, Dr.
Henning Witte, and Melanie Vritschan, three experts from the European Coalition Against Covert Harassment, revealed recent technological advances in human robotization and nano implant technologies, and an acceleration of what Melanie Vritschan characterized as a a€?global enslavement programa€?.Shift from electromagnetic to scalar wavesThese technologies have now shifted from electromagnetic wave to scalar waves and use super quantum computers in the quantum cloud to control a€?pipesa€? a reference to the brains of humans that have been taken over via DNA, via implants that can be breathed can breach the blood-brain barrier and then controlled via scalar waved on a super-grid.
Eventually, such 'subvocal speech' systems could be used in spacesuits, in noisy places like airport towers to capture air-traffic controller commands, or even in traditional voice-recognition programs to increase accuracy, according to NASA scientists."What is analyzed is silent, or sub auditory, speech, such as when a person silently reads or talks to himself," said Chuck Jorgensen, a scientist whose team is developing silent, subvocal speech recognition at NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.
We numbered the columns and rows, and we could identify each letter with a pair of single-digit numbers," Jorgensen said. People in noisy conditions could use the system when privacy is needed, such as during telephone conversations on buses or trains, according to scientists."An expanded muscle-control system could help injured astronauts control machines. If an astronaut is suffering from muscle weakness due to a long stint in microgravity, the astronaut could send signals to software that would assist with landings on Mars or the Earth, for example," Jorgensen explained. These are processed to remove noise, and then we process them to see useful parts of the signals to show one word from another," Jorgensen said.After the signals are amplified, computer software 'reads' the signals to recognize each word and sound. Our Research and Development Division has been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the California Department of Corrections, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Massachusetts Department of Correction to run limited trials of the 2020 neural chip implant. We have established representatives of our interests in both management and institutional level positions within these departments.
Federal regulations do not yet permit testing of implants on prisoners, but we have entered nto contractual agreements with privatized health care professionals and specified correctional personnel to do limited testing of our products. We need, however, to expand our testing to research how effective the 2020 neural chip implant performs in those identified as the most aggressive in our society.
In California, several prisoners were identified as members of the security threat group, EME, or Mexican Mafia. They were brought to the health services unit at Pelican Bay and tranquilized with advanced sedatives developed by our Cambridge,Massachussetts laboratories. The results of implants on 8 prisoners yielded the following results: a€?Implants served as surveillance monitoring device for threat group activity. However, during that period substantial data was gathered by our research and development team which suggests that the implants exceed expected results.
One of the major concerns of Security and the R & D team was that the test subject would discover the chemial imbalance during the initial adjustment period and the test would have to be scurbbed. However, due to advanced technological developments in the sedatives administered, the 48 hour adjustment period can be attributed t prescription medication given to the test subjects after the implant procedure. One of the concerns raised by R & D was the cause of the bleeding and how to eliminate that problem.
Unexplained bleeding might cause the subject to inquire further about his "routine" visit to the infirmary or health care facility.
Security officials now know several strategies employed by the EME that facilitate the transmission of illegal drugs and weapons into their correctional facilities. One intelligence officier remarked that while they cannot use the informaiton that have in a court of law that they now know who to watch and what outside "connections" they have. The prison at Soledad is now considering transferring three subjects to Vacaville wher we have ongoing implant reserach. Our technicians have promised that they can do three 2020 neural chip implants in less than an hour.
Soledad officials hope to collect information from the trio to bring a 14 month investigation into drug trafficking by correctional officers to a close. Essentially, the implants make the unsuspecting prisoner a walking-talking recorder of every event he comes into contact with.
There are only five intelligence officers and the Commisoner of Corrections who actually know the full scope of the implant testing. In Massachusetts, the Department of Corrections has already entered into high level discussion about releasing certain offenders to the community with the 2020 neural chip implants. Our people are not altogether against the idea, however, attorneys for Intelli-Connection have advised against implant technology outside strick control settings. While we have a strong lobby in the Congress and various state legislatures favoring our product, we must proceed with the utmost caution on uncontrolled use of the 2020 neural chip.
If the chip were discovered in use not authorized by law and the procedure traced to us we could not endure for long the resulting publicity and liability payments. Massachusetts officials have developed an intelligence branch from their Fugitive Task Force Squad that would do limited test runs under tight controls with the pre-release subjects. Correctons officials have dubbed these poetnetial test subjects "the insurance group." (the name derives from the concept that the 2020 implant insures compliance with the law and allows officials to detect misconduct or violations without question) A retired police detective from Charlestown, Massachusetts, now with the intelligence unit has asked us to consider using the 2020 neural chip on hard core felons suspected of bank and armored car robbery.
He stated, "Charlestown would never be the same, we'd finally know what was happening before they knew what was happening." We will continue to explore community uses of the 2020 chip, but our company rep will be attached to all law enforcement operations with an extraction crrew that can be on-site in 2 hours from anywhere at anytime. We have an Intelli-Connection discussion group who is meeting with the Director of Security at Florence, Colorado's federal super maximum security unit. The initial discussions with the Director have been promising and we hope to have an R & D unit at this important facilitly within the next six months. Napolitano insisted that the department was not planning on engaging in any form of ideological profiling.
I will tell him face-to-face that we honor veterans at DHS and employ thousands across the department, up to and including the Deputy Secretary," Ms.
Steve Buyer of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, called it "inconceivable" that the Obama administration would categorize veterans as a potential threat.



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