Remember when I shot that video for Tend? Well, another installment just went up. (And I know you've been on the edge of your seat waiting for this! Haha.) Watch as I talk labor (a very PG-version, that is!) with two mommy-blogger buddies. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
|Top row (from left): L.Erickson, Missoni, L.Erickson. Middle row: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Bottom Row, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs|
Yesterday, when reading this piece on the return of the scrunchie, I just had to laugh. One of my deepest, darkest (beauty) secrets--one of the ugly little truths that I thought I'd never share is that...I've never really given them up.
Yep. I wear still wear scrunchies. (Does this mean my beauty editor license is going to be revoked?)
Yep. I wear still wear scrunchies. (Does this mean my beauty editor license is going to be revoked?)
Now before you lose too much respect for me, here's a big disclaimer: I don't wear them in public. (Well, that time I forgot to take one out and accidentally wore it to Dunkin' Donuts not withstanding.) But in the privacy of my own home? Love 'em. Love. Them.
Nothing's better for holding your hair back while you sleep, and since they don't leave weird marks or bends, they're especially awesome for corralling a fresh blowout. Plus, they're super gentle on your hair, so there's way less breakage than with an elastic. Nevertheless, because of their unfortunate place in pop culture, they've always remained purely a behind-closed-doors accessory for me.
I'm not sure if I'm ready to go there quite yet, so until then, I'll keep rocking my American Apparel versions. At home. While I sleep.
Do you ever wear scrunchies at home? What about it public? If not, will these cool ones change your mind? Tell me below!
Monday, November 11, 2013
|On set with Mary of A List Baby and Kristin of Our Ordinary Life|
Recently I spent an afternoon chatting baby tips with Tend and two top mommy bloggers for a series of short parenting videos. It was so much fun! I've done TV before, but it has always been beauty-related, so it was very cool to put on my mom hat for a bit. (Don't worry--mom hat is different than mom jeans...!) Here's the first video--it's all about bedtime (they'll be a couple more coming). Take a look and please tell me what you think!
P.S.: I was just reading this post to my daughter, and she said, "Mom hat? That doesn't sound adorable...."
Monday, October 7, 2013
Since I have a daughter, I find myself being very careful about anything I say about beauty when I'm around her. (You can imagine this becomes extra tough when beauty is your job.) I'm okay with her learning that beauty products can be a very fun thing (I mean, down the road--she's three), but I also want to make sure she understands that appearance, and the pursuit of beauty, shouldn't be an obsession. And more importantly, that she doesn't need to rely on any outside forces to be beautiful. I want her to understand the very real truth that she is beautiful already.
Well, the other day, she was sitting in the bathroom, intently watching me put on my makeup. I was brushing on a coat of mascara when she asked what I was doing.
"This is called mascara," I said, before quickly adding: "But it's just for grown-ups. You don't use it when you're a kid."
She looked disappointed. "But I want to wear mascara!" she pouted.
I looked at her and smiled, "But you don't need it, honey. You're so pretty."
She looked at me, confused. "But then you don't need mascara either, Mommy," she said. "You're pretty, too."
Looks like the student is becoming the teacher.
Posted by Alyssa at 6:16 PM
Monday, September 16, 2013
|Lululemon No Limits Tank|
I've recently started working out regularly for the first time in...let's just say, a while. Let's also just say that my wardrobe of exercise clothes reflected that fact. (Think ancient too-short tanks, stretched-out sports bras, a Crunch Los Angeles baby tee from when I used to work out there...twelve years ago).
So, because there's little guilt (at least for me!) in buying new clothes when we're talking clothes intended to be worn on the road towards becoming healthier, I planned to go on a bit of an activewear shopping spree. Easier said than done though, as I also had the issue of wanting to at least semi-camouflage my still-babified tummy, and most cute workout tanks are skin-tight in the belly area. So, one day I just ordered a ton of different tops online so that I could try several and return what didn't work. And voila--I found The One.
Drumroll... It's the Lululemon No Limits Tank (above), and it is the perfect workout top. Here's why:
1) It's cute. And actually kind of sexy. It comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns and the design itself is cool, not boring. This is important. If I have something I'm excited about wearing to work out, then I'm more excited to work out.
2) The design is really smart. When I first saw it, I was like: "Oh, that would be such a cute top...if you're super skinny. And flat-chested." But the genius of this top is that it really works on almost anyone. The peekaboo cutouts seem like they might be problematic--and a little too peekaboo--but it's cut in such a way that they somehow barely show anything, so you don't feel overexposed at all. The cutouts also act like air-conditioning and help keep you cool during your workout, which I love. (I can't wait to really put it to the test and try it out at SoulCycle!)
3) It gives your bra a break. Depending on the intensity of your workout (and, okay, the size of your boobs), you likely won't need to wear an extra sports bra because it essentially is a sports bra. It works perfectly for me for barre class.
4) Stomach? What stomach? The blouse-y fit hides any evidence of no-pack abs.
I own the blue one, an all-black one, and I'm currently watching another older, sold-out pattern of it on eBay (it's new with tags...don't worry! I draw the line at used workout gear.). I'm also intrigued by this one. Different brand, but the style looks pretty much exactly the same--and it's a bit less expensive. I also want to check out this super cute one from the new-to-the-U.S. line Sweaty Betty.
If you enjoy working out, looking cute while working out, and not having to suck in your stomach while working out, I totally recommend it. (By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I'm just completely obsessed with this top and wanted to share.)
Have you tried this style of workout tank? What did you think? And what's your favorite workout top? Please tell me below. I'm always looking for a good one!
Posted by Alyssa at 3:50 AM
Friday, September 13, 2013
|In my garden in AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans and J.Crew tank|
Have you guys seen the new website, Well Rounded NY? I've become a big fan. It's a great resource with lots of awesome tips and inspiration for living a hip, chic life in the city when you're pregnant. (Not easy to do, let me tell you.) Well, this week, I'm honored to be featured on the site talking about my beauty routine--and showing a (little!) glimpse of our new house! Check it out right here.
Huge thanks to Kaity and Jessica for featuring me, and a big shout out to Ady Dorsett, the amazing photographer who took the photos in that feature and in this post. Love, love, love.
Speaking of pregnancy, I remember that the day we shot these photos was particularly exciting, because it was the first time I actually fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans. Oh ultra-flattering skinny-bootcut AG's, we're finally reunited and it feels so good. (Thanks, Local Barre!)
Posted by Alyssa at 7:08 AM
Monday, August 5, 2013
|My butt looks exactly* like this now. (*Disclaimer: My butt does not look exactly like this now.) Photo c/o Local Barre. |
|Photo c/o Local Barre|
Let's just get this out of the way right from the start: I am not one of those people who likes to work out. I don't get a "high" from running. I hate sweating. I despise being out of breath. And I just looove sitting on the couch and watching TV. Me and the gym, we are not friends. And yet, I've somehow managed to get through life doing barely anything remotely cardiovascular.
And then I had a second kid.
Let's just say I was unprepared for le extra stomach that le second bebe leaves behind. Sure, there was a little lingering belly after the first, but nothing that kept me out of a bathing suit or a pair of skinny jeans. Honestly, after the first babe, it was like the weight was there one day and gone the next. I felt lucky, and even a bit smug--like all of those celebrities who go from maternity muu muu to magazine cover in a matter of weeks. "Oh the baby weight?" they always say. "I swear I haven't been doing anything. Just carrying my baby around and breastfeeding. It's amazing--the pounds just fell off!"
This time around, I gained the exact same amount of weight during my pregnancy and expected a similar miracle. But after having the baby, the extra pounds were all, "Ehh. It's been a long nine months and it's super cozy right here around here your stomach. Mind if we just chill here for a while?"
Well, yes, I do in fact mind. Which is why I've had to finally get off my butt and do something about it. For the past few weeks, I've been taking classes at Local Barre in Hoboken, NJ, (my new city!) and I dare say, I actually kinda like it. Core classes are hard for sure, but your heart doesn't feel like it's going to beat out of your chest, and there are stretching "breaks" sprinkled throughout, so you don't feel like you're going to die. And I like the idea of getting long, lean, ballerina-body muscles. (Or at least some semblance of them!)
I've been going three or four times a week for the past month, and it's kind of become my one thing that I do for myself (and by myself ) that day--no kids in tow. Now I just need to get some cute new workout clothes, since let's face it, that's pretty much the only fun part about exercise.
So tell me: Are you a fan of barre/core classes? If so, where do you take them? Do you have the abs to show for it? And am I ever going to keep up with all of these high relevés? Talk to me, people.
Posted by Alyssa at 7:31 AM