WE WEAR: RACHAEL'S NAMEPLATE 10 Jun 2015

Nameplate

A little about Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgen's nameplate necklace:
 
I'm the oldest of three girls and super-attached to my family (they are what brought me back from California in the first place). I am usually not much of a necklace person. I tend to fall in love with one simple piece and wear it all the time (I adore Edor necklaces). 
 
My little sister got married last year and for her bridal shower I bought her a Mrs. necklace and she bought herself our last name. We are nearly identical in looks, but complete opposites in personality and interests. I was surprised by her necklace. I had pigeonholed her as the kind of woman who was thrilled to take on her husband's identity and leave herself behind. Her initiative to keep a piece of our family close was so reassuring.
 
Even though she has entered a new chapter, she will always be one of the Bridgen girls. For Christmas my mom bought me and my littlest sister semi-matching necklaces (we have different fonts to match our personalities) and it became my new everyday piece.
 
When I wear it, I carry my family close to the heart. Now that I'm engaged and wrestling with the take it-leave it-hyphenate it debate, that little symbol of who I've always been means more than ever.
 
Image via Antrim & Spruce

LITHE FOODS ON CAVIAR! 10 Jun 2015

Caviar

  Lithe-Foods-

We're so excited to announce that Lithe Foods will soon be available via Caviar, even if you're not in the studio! As a valuable service for busy families and professionals with little time to shop for food and cook meals, Caviar brings delicious food into homes or businesses that you can enjoy every day. Caviar is the only service of its kind to feature all of the following:

  • Only top local restaurants offering the best-tasting, highest quality food
  • Full picture menus: hi-res photos of every item Caviar delivers
  • Fastest delivery: real-time GPS delivery tracking using its own drivers
  • No minimum order requirements
  • Customized orders with a one-hour delivery window.
  • The ability to order meals and schedule deliveries up to six days in advance.

How it works – fast and easy

Unlike other services, Caviar customers first select the time period when they’d like a delivery – whether it’s an hour away or a week ahead. Customers can then browse Caviar’s curated list of restaurants. You can also order as a group by sharing your shopping cart with friends, family, and co-workers. This is especially valuable for companies that use Caviar for catering or corporate meal programs.

Unlike other delivery options, Caviar offers great restaurant choices and a high-touch experience to consumers and corporations alike. Each restaurant’s available delivery times are listed on the Caviar's restaurant pages. This saves valuable time, since you don't have to sift through restaurants that aren't available during your desired delivery window.

Image via Antrim & Spruce

DIY ROSE BATH 9 Jun 2015

  Rose Bath

I’m religious about my baths. I end every day with a soak in the tub. After I put Mars to bed I pour a glass of wine, light a candle, and partake in some serious water therapy. It eases my mind, allows me to unwind, relieves muscle soreness and hydrates my skin. Making your own floral bath salts is easy and inexpensive.

Do you have fresh flowers in your home? If you do, check out the recipe below. When your beautiful roses start to wilt, put the petals to good use. Just mix them together with Epsom salts and soothing powdered milk. Epsom salt naturally soothes sore muscles and detoxifies the body. Baking soda and powdered milk soften skin. All the ingredients work together to create a super-relaxing bath.

Ingredients
1 cup dried rose petals
Rose water or rose essential oil
1 cup Epsom salts
1/3 cup baking soda
2/3 cup powdered milk
Glass container

Directions 
1. Remove petals from four roses and dry them overnight. 
2. Mix Epsom salt, baking soda, and powdered milk in a small bowl, making sure to break up any clumps.
3. Once the petals are dry, crumble them into small pieces.
4. Layer ingredients in the glass jar, starting with the Epsom salt mixture, and then the bits of rose petals. Continue until container is full. The longer the bath salts mingle in the container, the stronger the scent.

LITHED-UP SALADS! 8 Jun 2015

Salads

We love Ian Brendle (Green Meadow Farm) and Jack Goldberg's (Urban Roots) farm-fresh produce! So crisp, flavorful, and clean. Each week, these salads will change as we're bringing you fresh summer greens straight from the farm. This weeks seasonal veggie-forward salads are accompanied by protein-packed dressing, and the grain Amaranth. Eat as is or add your favorite veggie/animal protein.

Sayulita
Sugar snap peas, baby carrots, amaranth, and summer herbs
 
Watershed
Bok choy, radishes, and speckled romaine

SHE'S LITHE: JENN CREARY 8 Jun 2015

Yosmite

This week we get to know Lither Jenn Creary!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I book weeks in advance to make sure its in my schedule ahead of time. I will rearrange my schedule just to make Lithe fit int it.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Just coming to Lithe make me feel more relaxed. There are days I feel or stressed too tired to come but I still make it in and during that hour I can take my mind off anything that is bothering me and just focus on the workout. I usually go to the Mainline studio and just seeing the friends I've made at the studio makes we feel energized.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Love seeing the results I get with Lithe internally and externally. I get excited when I can do a CCS correctly or go through a round of cardio at the barre without stalling. Lithe definitely compliments my running and biking in the spring and summer.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle - You never know what I might come up with

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? I have no shame and will admit to watching bad TV and teen shows. 

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Corey Haim

What was the first concert you went to? Bon Jovi

TIRSA RIVAS! 8 Jun 2015

Tirsa

She's back on the schedule for the summer starting today! 

Image via Dom

WATERCRESS 5 Jun 2015

Watercress

I love watercress. It has more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than an orange, and more absorbable iron than spinach. And move over broccoli – not only is watercress higher in calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and selenium, it's higher in cancer-fighting antioxidants known as isothiocyanates, mainly phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) and sulforaphane. Give it a try this week and check out this recipe that I love both hot and cold.

Lithe Watercress Saute
6 bunches watercress
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine
2 teaspoons Braggs Liquid Aminos
Sesame seeds (optional)

1. Wash and spin-dry watercress.
2. Whisk together rice wine and Braggs in a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
4. Add watercress and stir-fry just until it begins to wilt, about one minute.
5. Add rice wine and cook an additional 1-2 minutes until watercress is just tender, but still bright green.
6. Add sesame oil and serve immediately. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

Image via Lauren

LITHE & BLOOMINGDALE'S! 5 Jun 2015

LITHE & BLOOM

Come Lithe (and shop!) for charity! Join Lithe instructors, Rachael Bridgens and Annette Kaplafka for an awesome event to benefit Breastcancer.org. Bring a $10 donation and a yoga mat. Afterward, Lithers can shop before the store opens! 

WE WEAR: PETITE DENIM 3 Jun 2015

Perfect-Jeans
Perfect Jeans 2
Perf Jean 3

Finding a pair of jeans is probably one of the most difficult things to shop for, right? Being petite (just a hair under 5' tall) makes finding the perfect inseam or cut pretty impossible. I hate searching for styles that might fit. It's hard enough dressing for my body type, and then having to hunt for items that I think might be able to work. Even with the shorter hems that are available, I still have to cuff and roll. I have a few pairs from Gap and Old Navy that are decent in length but don't really have the adjusted rise or proper knee placement.

I was so excited to find that Anthropologie recently opened up an entire floor for petite customers! I love that it carries some of my favorite brands such as AG and Paige Denim. There's a huge variety of fits, finishes, and washes. These Paige petite jeans (above) are my current fave pair. I love the no-gap waist, 25.5" inseam and proper rise!  

If you're petite, this is a game changer! If you have petite fit or styling questions, check out Anthropologie's blog post P's & Q's: Your Most Pressing Petite Questions, Answered.

Images via Jordan

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 2 Jun 2015

Sunkissed
Peas
We love Ian Brendle (Green Meadow Farm) and Jack Goldberg's (Urban Roots) farm-fresh produce! So crisp, flavorful, and clean. These two seasonal veggie-forward salads are light and accompanied by protein-packed dressing. Eat as is or add your favorite veggie/animal protein.

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