Wedding Wednesday- On The Big Day

Spending last week in Mexico, at the resort where Doug and I were married got me thinking a lot about my own wedding day. I got to stay in a room just like the one I got ready in, walk past the places where Doug and I took photos together, stand on the spot where we exchanged vows, and visit ( and dance at!) the site of our reception. It was very magical and brought back a flood of happy memories.

The actual day of your wedding can go by in a blur. I have had friends tell me that they barely remember the details of their wedding day. One even asked me, “was my wedding fun? I have no idea.” I had the complete opposite experience with my own wedding. After months and months of planning I was able to truly step back, be fully present in the moment and enjoy every second of it. The wonderful and slightly sad part about a wedding is that it is likely the only time in your life where all of your most beloved people will be in the same place at once. It is an incredible feeling to be surrounded by that much love, and it would be a shame not to fully enjoy it.

These are some of the things that helped me truly experience each and every moment of my wedding day; I hope they do the same for you!

Get Centered

The morning of my wedding was stormy and threatening rain. Not good for an entirely outdoor wedding by the beach. In order to calm my nerves and focus my energy for the day ahead I started with a wonderful private yoga class with my sister in law. We worked a lot on heart opening poses, which were very appropriate for the day. We also worked up a good sweat, which got my blood flowing, and truly woke me up. After our yoga class I treated myself to a massage. A really good massage will help with any wedding day stress you may have physically, mentally and emotionally. I highly recommend it.

Fuel Up

While on most mornings my usual breakfast is a green juice or two, the morning of my wedding I knew I needed something a little more substantial. Between hair and makeup, photographs, the ceremony, and cocktail hour I knew it would be many hours before I had a chance to eat. I ordered half an avocado from room service and used the cinnamon and stevia I had brought with me to make this Avocado Pudding. The healthy, plant based fat of the avocado gave me the satiety I needed without making me feel too full and bloated. I had to fit into my wedding dress after all!

A Quiet Space

Wedding days can be very busy and chaotic. Knowing that I wanted to stay calm, centered and focused all day I made sure to create some quiet, alone time for myself before the festivities. Before I started getting my hair and makeup done I took a long, hot shower and then just sat for a few minutes alone to think and reflect on the day ahead. In the room where I had my hair and makeup done there was just me, my mother, my sister, and my hair and makeup artist (who is a dear friend). Although I adore my friends I had my bridesmaids get ready in a separate room of our villa in order to keep things serene where I was. They were close enough that they could pop by and visit, but having them in a separate room allowed them to drink champagne and party while I got myself together. I realize this is not for everyone. Some people thrive in chaos, with lots of people around. It’s about knowing yourself and what works best for you. If getting dressed with ten women around you make you feel calm and happy then that is what you should do!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Even though the task of using the ladies room in a wedding dress is daunting, I didn’t let that keep me from staying very hydrated. It was hot in Mexico and even more so in a long wedding dress. I made sure to drink plenty of water in the hours before the ceremony, knowing that once you start to feel thirsty it is too late- you are already dehydrated. I also had some coconut water (fresh from the source) which is incredible in aiding hydration. Having to take a friend to the bathroom with me to hold my dress ( hint- when in a wedding dress face forward and lift the dress up… do not attempt to sit normally) was a small price to pay for not passing out from dehydration during the ceremony.

A Moment To Reflect

After our ceremony Doug and I took a few moments alone to reflect on the HUGE thing we had just done. It was important for us to have some time just the two of us to celebrate our marriage and the commitment we had just made. Taking a few minutes before we joined our cocktail hour also allowed me to bustle my dress, fix my hair, touch up my makeup and give my feet a break. If you do choose to take a moment to yourselves ( you should) I also suggest having a plate of hors d’oeuvres sent to you. By the time you get to cocktail hour it may be winding down and you might not be able to sample all the delicious food you chose!

Have a Secret Word

During the chaos of a wedding celebration it can be hard to take it all in. Doug and I came up with a secret word that just the two of us knew. Whenever one of us said that word to each other it meant we were asking to stop, breath, take it all in and enjoy the moment. We both employed our secret word a few times over the course of the evening in order to help the other be more present. A secret word could also be used when one of you is feeling overwhelmed and needs a “time out” from the party.

Eat Dinner

So many people complain about not getting to eat dinner at their own wedding. Going from table to table and greeting your guests can take a lot of time and usually the bride and groom do not get to enjoy the food they picked at their tasting. Because ours was a destination wedding and we had seen and greeted everyone several times already, Doug and I were able to sit down and enjoy our entire meal. I realize that this is not the case for everyone, and that the reception is the first time most couples will be seeing their guests. However, even if it is just for ten minutes I highly suggest taking the time to sit down and eat something. Not only will it help fuel you for the rest of the evening but it allows you to fully experience your wedding- not just be a spectator.

Take it Easy with the Booze

I made a rule for myself before our wedding. No drinking for me until the cake was cut! Between the heat, limited amount of food, and adrenaline I knew that just one drink could quickly make me tipsy. Nothing is worse than a drunk bride. Nothing. However once the cake was cut I knew that the formalities of the evening were over and I could let loose. Even then I was very very careful to limit my alcoholic drinks and to drink lots of water. Being drunk or even very tipsy at my wedding would have kept me from really being there and fully enjoying it. Also, being spared the hangover my guests were suffering at brunch the next morning was great! Ok, I had a tiny hangover, just a tiny one.

I hope these tips help you fully experience your wedding day, each and every moment of it. I know I love looking at my album and remembering every detail, which may not have been the case if I had not made a huge effort to be truly present!

 

06/19
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Frozen Lemon Bars

Sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad. Sunshine for example. A little bit can provide necessary vitamin D (hard to get enough while living in the northeast and eating a plant based diet), but too much can be very harmful to your skin and lead to premature aging and skin cancer amongst other things.

Like sunshine, my beloved dark chocolate is also best in moderation. Although dark chocolate (70 percent cacao or higher only please) contains antioxidants, has been known to lower blood pressure, and helps release serotonin (yes, chocolate can actually make you happy) it is not without its flaws. Dark chocolate still contains some sugar and caffeine which can cause stress on your adrenals, and are just not good for you in high doses.

What’s my point? Recently I have found myself eating way more dark chocolate than I would like. As the go to sweet treat for me and Doug we usually keep multiple bars around the house. In the past few weeks these bars have been disappearing faster and faster. So, I have imposed a temporary ban on dark chocolate until I can get my desire for it in check. I am not a fan of being subject to cravings so when I find myself indulging in too much of a good thing I often cut it out entirely for a little while, until I can get the craving totally under control.

While dark chocolate and I are “on a break” I have been forced to be creative with my dessert options. I have enjoyed revisiting my friend the Yam Cookie, eaten many a macaroon (new flavor coming soon), and made lots of OMilk “milk shakes.” Then last week I created these Frozen Lemon Bars, and dessert was taken to a new level. These creamy frozen bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I like to let mine defrost for 10 minutes or so before I eat one, but they are also great right out of the freezer. I highly suggest making a double batch and storing them in your freezer for sweet treat emergencies. If you don’t feel like making the crust you could also just make the filling and freeze it in small bowls or ramekins for a creamy, frozen lemon pudding!

Frozen Lemon Bars

 For Filling:
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 of a medium zucchini, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia
  • shredded coconut (for garnish)
 For Crust:
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 T  vanilla
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • liquid stevia to taste
  • big pinch sea salt
  1. In a food processor grind the pecans until they break down into very small pieces
  2. Add additional crust ingredients and continue to run the food processor until a sticky dough is formed.
  3. Press the dough into the bottom of a rectangular pan and place in the freezer while you make the filling
  4. Combine all filling ingredients (save the shredded coconut) in a high speed blender or Vitamix until smooth and creamy
  5. Pour filling into pan over crust using a spatula to spread it out evenly
  6. Allow to set in freezer until solid
  7. Using a sharp knife cut into bars
  8. Top each bar with shredded coconut before serving
  9. For a slightly softer bar move from freezer to fridge for an hour before serving
Highlights From South of The Border

Hola! I just returned from a wonderfully relaxing five days at one of my most favorite spots ever, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Not only is this resort truly breathtaking but it holds a very special meaning for Doug and I as the location of our wedding.

This trip was filled with sun, ocean, delicious fresh food, lots of family time and a little alone time as well. Here are some highlights from our trip south of the border!

Flights are super dehydrating so as soon as we landed, cleared Immigration and Customs and got our luggage I was so psyched to have this delicious Coconut Water from Pure Nutrition waiting for me in my suitcase. It was still slightly frozen but the June in Mexico heat took care of that quickly!

My go to lunch while in Mexico is always the same. Guacamole (I am a guac connoisseur and the Banyan Tree’s is amongst my favorites), fresh salsa, crudite, and tejin(mexican chill salt). Yum.

Each day on the beach I would order a coconut. There is nothing that says Mexico more to me than drinking fresh coconut water and eating fresh coconut meat on the beach! Hydrating, satisfying and just perfect.

To celebrate my father in law’s birthday we had a Mexican Parrillada (BBQ) in our villa. To start we were served this delicious tasting plate family style which included guac, different salsas, and ceviche. I almost filled up before dinner. Almost.

In a rare departure from my guac and veggies lunch Doug and I shared grilled hearts of palm and cactus one day poolside. It was lovely and reminded me of the grilled cactus we served at our wedding.

Speaking of our wedding, I surprised Doug one night before dinner with a visit to the spot where we exchanged vows. I had packed our original handwritten vows in my suitcase and we read them to each other again. We both teared up a bit. It’s amazing how much power a certain place can hold.

Continuing on the trip down memory lane we visiting the site of our wedding reception as well. Although it looked very different without all the flowers, lights, decors and guests we still had a fun time dancing with each other.

On our second to last night Doug and I took his siblings down to Tulum for drinks and dinner. If you have never been to Tulum I urge you to go at some point. Tulum is a perfectly serene strip of beach south of Playa del Carmen studded with small hotels or “palapas.” Some  of them have power (most don’t). Doug and I stayed in Tulum on our first ever trip to Mexico in a palapa directly over the ocean. The food in Tulum is amongst the freshest, cleanest, most delicious anywhere.

For dinner in Tulum we ate at La Zebra, our favorite spot in the area. The cocktails are all made with fresh squeezed juice, fresh coconuts, and herbs. My spicy margarita was truly divine. Everyone ordered the fresh caught grilled fish-beacuse that’s what you eat in Tulum! Sadly, due to the limited lighting it was to dark by the time we got our entrees for me to get a picture!

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my “In the Spotlight” interview series. There are so many people who I admire in the world of food, health, fitness, and beauty. To introduce them to you I decided to start an interview series with some of my favorite people who help make the world more clean, pure and simple. Who better to kick it off than the wonderful Spirit Demerson, founder of Spirit Beauty Lounge? Spirit is my go to for all things green beauty. Her site is always stocked with the best and latest makeup, skincare, fragrances and more. I know I can shop with confidence as Spirit has personally vetted all of the products she sells to make sure they meet her high standards of green beauty that is both good for you, and the environment. Without Spirit my life would be quite a bit less glam!

How did you first get involved in the world of green beauty and what led you to open Spirit Beauty Lounge?

I spent my whole life trying to reconcile my love of luxury beauty products with my commitment to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.  I longed for a place to shop where all of the products were as clean & green as they were effective & beautiful and that place didn’t exist so I created it!

Why is it so important to make sure our makeup and personal care products are clean?

Just like what we eat,  what we  put on our  skin goes directly into the bloodstream (think nicotine patch), except unlike what we eat, it doesn’t get filtered by the liver. We should consider everything we use topically as carefully as we do our food with regard for our health and the planet.

For someone who is new to green beauty and may find it a bit overwhelming to change ALL of their products where would you suggest they start?

-We designed a Spirit Beauty Lounge Eco-Beauty Essentials Green Makeover Boxto meet the needs of “girls gone green” in a fun starter box!

-Think about the types of products that sit on your skin, that you apply every day, like deodorant,  lotions and moisturizers first. Because they aren’t rinsed off, they are more likely to penetrate the skin and accumulate in your system. It’s ok if you work your way down to something like mascara last.

-If you’re using prescription skin care and have decided to go off of it, give your system at least a full cycle (28 days) to detox before starting up a natural line.

-If you’re (like most human beings) too busy to memorize an encyclopedia of ingredients to avoid, find a trusted source to buy from who is committed to purity.

-If you buy natural beauty products at Whole Foods, make sure they’re marked with the “Premium Body Care” standard – everything else is questionable.

What are the main offenders one should look out for when shopping for makeup and beauty items?

Some of the yuckiest  ingredients I still see being used in a lot of beauty products are:
-Eythyl, Methyl, Propyl & Butyl Parabens
-Phenoxyethenol
-Propylene glycol
-Synthetic fragrance
-PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol)*
-Petroleum or petrolatum
-DEA (Diethanolamine)
-TEA (Triethanolamine)
-Methylchloroisothiazolinone &
-Methylisothiazolinone

 

What are your current favorite items available at Spirit Beauty Lounge?

Our site is truly a collection of my personal favorite beauty products in the world – For my daily routine, I’m a Tata Harper devotee and for body, I swear by Vered Organic Botanicals
Signature Scent Body Oil 
 I think every woman should consider switching to Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Cream  it’s pure and it works!

Do you follow makeup trends? If so what is one look you are loving right now?

Absolutely – the best thing that’s happened this season is the Return of Lipstick! Nail Polish was the “new lipstick” for so long but bold, bright lips are back and I love it!  Dewy skin is another look I love.  I think gorgeous glowing skin is a backlash to the near theatrical make up look of reality show starlets last year.

Finally, if you could go on any fantasy summer vacation this year where would it be to and what five essential items would you pack?

I love the Cote D’Azur, Corsica & Provence…the food, the hotels, the yachts.  It’s not exactly ecotourism but being a natural girl doesn’t have to mean roughing it!  I do always like to pack light and leave plenty of room for shopping so I pare down my travel kit to my:

Get The Look- Orange Story

I hope you enjoy the latest video in my Get The Look series with Rebecca Casciano. Here Rebecca shows how using one color palette such as orange on eyes, lips and cheeks is anything but boring! For detailed step-by-step instructions and product recommendations check out this post!

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday- What to Pack For Your Big Day

This week I am going on a very special vacation with Doug’s family. We are headed to the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, the incredibly special resort in Mexico where Doug and I were married. I am so excited to go back to a place filled with so many happy memories. It will certainly be a bit different than the last time we were there! About 95 friends and family members different.

While I was packing for our vacation this week I couldn’t help but think about what it was like packing for our wedding. Packing for a destination wedding was certainly a major task. I think we had five suitcases between the two of us! To be fair, my dresses and veil took up an entire one, as did my shoes for all the various wardrobe changes I had during our wedding week. Hey, you only get married once!

Whether you are having a destination wedding like I did or a wedding closer to home, chances are their will be some packing involved. Even if you are just spending the eve of your wedding away from home there are a few essentials that will make the experience much healthier for you, inside and out!

Green Juice

I may sound like a broken record, but green juice really is my not-so-secret weapon for great health, tons of energy, and glowing skin- all things one wants to have on their wedding day! I never, ever leave home without it (except when I am traveling somewhere I know I can get my hands on some). For my wedding I packed a small cooler of frozen green juice in my suitcase and was so grateful to have it to sip on each morning. It kept me feeling great and filled with energy  throughout my entire wedding day. Now when I travel I have my friend Christian Henderson from Pure Nutrition press and freeze some of her amazing green juice for me. Such a luxury to have pre-frozen juice delivered to my door!


A Few Healthy Snacks

No matter how far you are traveling for you wedding it is always important to have healthy snacks at the ready. The days leading up to your wedding will be incredibly busy and you may not have much time to sit down and enjoy many full meals (although you should make time if at all possible!) For my wedding I found it very comforting to have a few of my favorite snacks such as Go Raw Super Cookies, Emmy’s Macaroons, Sea Tangle Snacks, and Larabar’s on hand.

Makeup Essentials

Chances are you are having your makeup professionally done for your wedding. Even so, it is important to bring your favorite makeup essentials along (no need to shlep your whole makeup kit!) For me, having my everyday basics with me meant I could look like a blushing bride not only at my actual wedding but throughout the entire weekend. My can’t leave home without them basics include:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ( for that bridal glow)

RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sublime ( for just been kissed lips)

RMS Beauty Un-Coverup (for that perfect, fresh, even bridal skin everyone craves)

Nvey Eco Erase Concealer  (to cover up any dark circles, or un- bride like blemishes)

Nvey Eco Volumising Mascara (the BEST natural mascara out there! Just be weary of wedding tears, this is not waterproof- only the toxic ones are!)

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow ( blushing bride anyone?)

Eco Tools by Alicia Silverstone Pencil Case (made of natural hemp and cotton this adorable case from one of my favorite natural brush makers fits all my essentials and brushes perfectly!)

 

Lotion and Potions

Your wedding is no time to use the toiletries provided by the hotel, or what is sitting around your parent’s house. This is your big day and you should look your best! I always travel with my Tata Harper skincare (note the sample size mask- perfect fro travel, and Rahua Voluminous Hairspray (a girls needs some bounce to her hair). Also important to have with you are any vitamins and supplements you take daily. I always make sure I have my holy trinity of B12 (hard to get enough with a plant based diet), probiotics (for happy intestinal flora and good digestion), and a multivitamin (just to make sure all my bases are covered).

Getting Ready Garb

What you wear to get ready for your wedding is important. Not only do you want to be comfortable while getting your hair and makeup done, buy you want to look cute! Remember, whatever you wear the day of your wedding will likely be photographed. I don’t know any bride who wants her wedding album to feature pictures of her in a ratty t-shirt while getting dolled up. While getting ready for my wedding I wore a super cute yet comfy robe with my new moniker embroidered on the back. My bridesmaids all had matching robes with their names embroidered on them. It made for some cute photos!

Vows

You can get married without a dress, without makeup, without a fancy party, without a band. In the end a wedding is about you and your beloved standing up in front of those you love and making a promise of committment  to each other. Whether you write your own vows, or use any number of the standard ones available make sure you have them ready to go well before the big day- this is not a time to wing it! For our wedding Doug and I wrote our own vows out on notecards that now live in a very special scrapbook. I was so relived I had written my vows out and practiced them well before our wedding, the day was already so emotional that feeling unprepared would have been overwhelming.

Whether your wedding is in your hometown or far from home I hope these tips were helpful!

Paleta Sip ‘Til Supper Detox

I think I can safely say that I have tried every juice cleanse on the island of Manhattan. From one to seven days programs, I have sipped my way through them all! While I have enjoyed most of the juice cleanses I have taken on I find that drinking green juice and eating an extremely clean diet each and every day works much better for my body than the occasional juice cleanse. However, there are some times when I want to kick things up a notch and really do some deep internal cleaning. By juicing I can give my body a break from digestion so it can spend it’s time doing some much needed “housekeeping”.

With busy summer weekends sometimes leaving me feeling a little sluggish come Monday ( too much rose anyone?), I was thrilled when the folks from Paleta in LA sent me a one day Sip ‘Til Supper Detox to try. Paleta is a very popular farm to table meal delivery service in LA that also offer pressed juices and cleanses. They recently began shipping their Paleta Pressed cleanses nationwide, and I couldn’t have been happier to receive this packed cooler from them!

 

My one day Sip ‘Til Supper Detox consisted of four juices, a light snack, a clean vegan dinner, and a little sweet treat to end the day. Since drinking lots of water is encouraged on a cleanse they also included two boxed waters from BOXED WATER IS BETTER. I have to agree, boxed water IS better. It is much more sustainable than using plastic bottles, can be shipped empty and flat (taking up less space than empty plastic bottles), and is recyclable. Inside my cooler Paleta included a detailed step by step guide for my cleanse. I found this very helpful as it took a lot of the guess work out of what to drink when. Also, they detailed the specific  benefits of each juice I would be consuming during the day. I always love learning more about the power of veggies!My favorite juice of the day was without a doubt the Kale Kooler. Packed with jicama, pineapple, kale, cilantro, serrano and lime it was like a spicy margarita in a bottle! Yum! According to Paleta’s guide the Kale Kooler removes heavy metals, stimulates metabolism and is antioxidant rich. Refreshing and powerful, my kind of juice!I thoroughly enjoyed the juice portion of my detox. Some of the juices were a bit to sweet for my taste, but then again I am a pretty hard core and experienced green juice drinker! I usually take my green juice with no fruit at all. I am sure combos such as the Red Roots (beet, carrot, apple, lemon, ginger) and Sunshine State (orange, grapefruit, ginger, cayenne) would be a welcome break from greens for most people. I just happen to really, REALLY love my greens.

While I enjoyed all of my pressed juices, the late afternoon snack and dinner portion of the cleanse were not my favorite. The snack consisted of celery sticks and peanut butter. I personally choose not to eat peanut butter as I find it too acid forming in my system. Again, I think a leas seasoned cleanser would be thrilled to get to munch on celery and peanut butter mid cleanse! The vegan supper was a chili which was quite good. However, I personally do not eat beans as they do not digest well in my system and can leave me bloated. The dessert was a DELICIOUS raw truffle that I cannot wait to recreate. It was really the perfect sweet bite.

Overall I enjoyed my experience with Paleta. For someone who is a novice at cleansing, or does not drink green juice every day I think it would be ideal. Living in New York, surrounded by so many juice companies I am not sure if I would make deliveries from them a habit. The carbon footprint for the shipping is just a little too big for me. However, I am traveling to LA in July and most certainly will be ordering a few Kale Kooler’s to be delivered to my hotel!

I cannot say enough wonderful things about OMilk and it’s founder’s Julie and Greg Van Ullen. I simply adore them and their wonderful nut milks. I hope you enjoy this video from our recent party together!

For more on OMilk including an interview with Julie and Greg click here!

 

Wedding Wednesday- Healthy Bachelorette Party Ideas

It’s Wedding Wednesday again! Today I wanted to give some of my personal favorite alternatives to the traditional booze and embarrassment filled bachelorette party.

I don’t know about you, but I did enough late night partying in college and the few years proceeding it to last me a lifetime. By the time I got engaged and started planning my wedding I had very little desire to have “one last crazy night as a single gal.” Been there. Done that. Let’s be honest, I hadn’t been a single gal in years. In thinking about my own bachelorette I was more looking forward to some QT with my girlfriends than a crazy night on the town that would leave me feeling gross and hungover for days!

Instead of ruining all of the good work you have been doing to get healthy (mentally and physically)  for your wedding, why not tell your MOH (or whoever is organizing) that you would rather keep it healthy! I promise you will still have a good time- just minus the sweating alcohol and feeling bloated for days part!

Say OM

Start your bachelorette with a private yoga class just for your group. Call up your favorite yoga studio ahead of time and they will mostly likely be able to arrange a private class for you and your gals in between their normal schedule. The benefits of yoga are numerous and nothing will do a better job getting you calm and clear for the final stretch until your wedding. No problem if your group is at different levels of ability. This class is not about getting a crazy workout, it’s about getting zen together.

Striptease

Yoga a little too zen for you? How about a group pole dancing class? This one is straight from my own bachelorette. Instead of watching greased up men do a striptease you can learn the sexy moves yourself ( and practice at home later …wink wink). Studio’s such as Sheila Kelly’s SFactor exist all around the country. Most even have special bachelorette packages already designed. Not only is a striptease class a fun way to have some laughs at your less than coordinated friends, it is also an awesome workout. Striptease workouts target your core and help improve your balance and agility. For a fun add on you could supply matching boy shorts and tanks for all your gals to get groovy in!

Have Soul

If you live in LA or NYC another great group workout option is a Soul-Cycle class. My personal workout/obsession of choice, Soul-Cycle is so much more than just spinning. In 45 minutes you will sweat, rock out, work harder and have more fun than you could ever imagine. The dark moody atmosphere, loud rocking music, and sweaty bodies will satisfy anyone in your group who’s only idea of a bachelorette is a night out dancing. Soul-Cycle is known for their theme and costume rides, so feel free to have the bride dress in all white! Make sure the bride gets introduced to the teacher before class… you never know.. she just might end up on the teacher’s bike! Don’t worry if there are gals in your group who have never been to Soul-Cycle or any indoor cycling class before. Just show up a few minutes early and the incredibly helpful and sweet staff will set you up with shoes and water and help you get comfortable on the bike.

Everyone Loves a Mani Pedi

After your group workout of choice why not have a mani pedi party? I have yet to come across a girl (and a few guys) who doesn’t love getting her nails done. Call your favorite nail salon and book as many chairs as you need. Put one friend in charge of supplying the magazines for flipping (sometimes the ones at the salon are waaay outdated) and have another bring a bottle of champagne for a little toast while your toes are getting pretty. In case there are any non-drinkers or pregnant women amongst you be sure to have a fun non-alcoholic option as well.

Get in The Kitchen

You’ve worked out, gotten glam.. now what? Instead of going out for an over priced pre-fixe dinner how about an in home cooking party? Depending on how many gals you have there are a few ways to go about this. You could divide the group into pairs with each pair being responsible for one course ( hors d’oeuvres, appetizer/salad, main, dessert). Then have everyone bring their ingredients and recipe to the kitchen of choice (hopefully someone in the group will volunteer theirs). Everyone cooks together, enjoys each other’s courses and at the end shares their recipes. Not only do you get a delicious meal and quality time with your friends but everyone walks away with a few new recipes! If you have a slightly larger group you could also go Top Chef style and pit the teams against each other. Two different teams prepare each course and in the end the bride gets to decide who wins! Is your group less than culinarily inclined? No problem! If you are in NYC you can have me come over for a Clean, Pure and Simple Party. You will still get to do some cooking but I can help with the tough parts!

Slumber Party

When was the last time you had a slumber party? After your evening of cooking and eating have everyone bring their pj’s for a good old fashion middle school sleepover. Pick a friends house (ideally where the cooking party is) and settle in for the night. Have everyone chip in for the cost of the brides favorite natural skincare products (my pick would be the divine Tata Harper) and do mini facials on each other! The next morning set up a make-your-own-green smoothie bar for breakfast. Set out almond milk, coconut water, avocado, various greens, frozen fruit, and different extracts and spices such as vanilla and cinnamon. Everyone can either make their own or if there is a Green Smoothie Mixologist (like me!) amongst you she can take over.

Any combination of these ideas will help keep your bachelorette party clean, pure and simple and you feeling your best! I would love to know how you celebrated your bachelortte (healthy or not), so please share!

06/05
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Roasted Radishes

Roasted Radishes

An amazing thing happened the other day on my (almost daily) trip to Whole Foods. The produce section had completely changed! We are now getting into my personal favorite season for produce. Living in NYC (and not Cali or the tropics) the late fall and winter months can be a little grim as far as produce is concerned. Don’t get me wrong, I love my winter veggies but after several months even I can tire of squash, kale and yams.

Radishes are amongst my favorite spring veggie, and right now they are at their peak. Their crisp peppery taste is perfect for snacking, salads, or my new favorite- roasting! Roasting radishes is super easy to do. All you have to do is trim the tops, give them a nice rinse and then roast away. I highly suggest doing this in large batches (enough to fill a baking sheet) at a time. That way you can have them on hand all week for a quick snack, a side dish for dinner, or on top of your favorite salad!

Roasted Radishes

  • 2 bunches (or more) of radishes, tops removed
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. On a baking sheet toss radishes with coconut oil and a generous pinch of salt
  3. Roast radishes for 20 minutes or until slightly soft and brown at edges
  4. Before serving toss with a little lemon juice and additional sea salt