My 5 Favs: July

1 – Wham! Pow! by Color Club ($8.50)
Great name for this electrifying shade of orange! I love wearing bright colors during summer and this is a definite favorite of mine.

2 – Cremesheen Pure Zen by MAC ($16)
While my nails are super bright I sometimes prefer a neutral lip. This creamy, nude pink can work with any outfit as it is subtle and pretty.

3 – Caudalie Divine Oil ($49, 3.4oz)
Lightly scented and easily absorbed, this oil is infused with grape, hibiscus, sesame, and Argan oils to nourish and moisturize the skin. It keeps my skin soft and has a sweet and sexy scent that I absolutely adore!

4 – Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Bar ($8.49, 6-pack)
For years I have used Dove soap as it is gentle and moisturizing for my sensitive skin. With multiple trips to the beach and peeling tans, this exfoliating bar is perfect for the season as it removes dull, lifeless skin.

5 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner ($23.69, 16.9 fl oz)
Made with tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender, this conditioner detangles and moisturizes hair. I enjoy the invigorating tingling sensation on my scalp and my hair smells great after each use!

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In My Grocery Bag

Want to know what I eat to maintain my lean physique? See the list of foods I recently purchased at the grocery store:

– wild arugula – baby spinach – baby bella mushrooms – yellow squash – sweet potatoes – tomatoes – green bell peppers – yellow bell peppers – frozen broccoli – organic frozen corn – plums – bananas – blueberries – sweet red cherries – spinach tortellini – black beans – roasted plantain chips – raw mixed nuts – turkey meatballs

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Pilates Mat at Alvin Ailey

Recently I taught a Pilates Mat class at Alvin Ailey! Thank you to the Ailey Extension for having me and to all of the participants.

Be sure to check out the Ailey Extension schedule to find lots of great open classes for adults like Pilates, ballet, and Zumba!

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My 5 Favs: June

1 – Knot Today by Kinky-Curly ($12, 8oz.)
Designed specifically for thick, curly textured hair, Knot Today is an herbal conditioner and detangler. I love the smell of this product and use it after washing my hair as a leave-in conditioner when wearing my natural hair curly.

2 – Urban Jungle by Essie ($8.50)
This alabaster orchid nail color is part of Essie’s Summer 2014 Collection. It’s a perfect neutral shade that goes with every outfit of the season from beach bikini wear to casual to dressy.

3 – Vanilla + Bergamot Body Butter by Bliss ($29, 6.7oz.)
I love the feel of this creamy, super moisturizing body butter. Paraben-free, this cream combines amber, lemon, bergamot, myrrh and musk which creates a soothing scent of vanilla.

4 – Nair Lotion with Aloe & Lanolin ($7.49, 9oz.)
Going to the beach? Nair is a pain-free hair removal lotion that takes just 3 minutes to work. This lotion contains soothing aloe and lanolin and lasts longer than shaving.

5 – Smooth Hydration Argan Oil & Shea Butter Moisture Restore Weightless Oil by Organix ($5.74)
This oil moisturizes and restores luster and shine to my curly hair with a combination of Shea butter and argan oil. I appreciate the light texture of the oil as it keeps my hair soft without weighing it down.

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