Street Style: Fall in NYC

  
According to Essence Magazine, my look is one of, “19 Fierce Fall Looks to Try.” On a casual Friday in Soho, this look is comfy, chic, and appropriate for teaching my Pilates clients and exploring the city in between.

Although I am very athletic, I have to admit that I do not typically wear workout attire or sneakers outside. However, I have decided that sneakers are cuter than bunions and more practical than heels for walking around NYC. I suppose I will have to look for more patent, animal printed, and studded pairs so I still feel girly lol.

The best part about this look is that it is affordable! All of these pieces are under $100 each. I even bought these cool sunglasses from a street vendor for just $7! See my outfit details below.

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Top: Necessary Clothing

Pants: Zara

Coat: H&M 

Sneakers: Steve Madden

Photo: Hannan Saleh for Essence Magazine

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Healthy Eats: Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  
|| PUMPKIN || Pumpkin pie for breakfast?! Yes!!! With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, Fall is pumpkin season! Though a traditional pumpkin pie is high in calories and sugar, I made a healthier low calorie version of pumpkin pie as a smoothie. 

Pumpkin is rich in nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A which promotes eye health, and fiber which contributes to weightloss. The Greek yogurt in this recipe also adds calcium, potassium, protein, and a creamy texture which makes this smoothie taste like you are having desert for breakfast!

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup organic pumpkin

– 1 frozen banana

– 1 cup vanilla almond milk

– 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

– 2 cubes of ice 

Directions:

1 — Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy! (I use my Nutribullet)

Note: For a sweeter flavor, feel free to add a touch of honey or maple syrup. For more protein, add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder. For more spice, you can increase the amount of pumpkin spice and cinnamon, and you can also add nutmeg.

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Move of the Day: Hundred

  
|| HUNDRED || Hundred is my move of the day and is a classical Pilates exercise that helps to tone your abs! Adding a set of 2lb dumbbells makes this move even more challenging for the core, and it will help to create lean, sexy arms too!

Benefits:

• Strengthens and tones the abdominals.

• Warms up the entire body and increases blood flow.

• Tones the arms and upper body.

• Coordinates breath with movement.

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1 — Start by lying supine with arms by the sides holding the dumbbells, and knees into the chest. Engage the abdominals by pulling the belly button in and curl the head and shoulders off the mat.
2 — Extend the legs out to a high diagonal with the heels together and toes apart in a Pilates “V.” Lift the arms above the level of the hips and begin pumping up and down vigorously, as you inhale for 5 counts and exhale for 5 counts.

3 — Repeat x10 and that makes 100!

4 — Hug the knees into your chest and lower the head and shoulders onto the mat. Move the head from side to side to relax the neck.

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Tips: Keep the body still as you pump the arms by engaging the abdominals throughout the exercise. For more of a challenge, lower the legs closer to the floor, but only as far as you can keep the abdominal engagement without arching the back.

Modifications: If you are a beginner, practice this exercise without dumbbells and start with the legs in a tabletop position, knees bent above the hips and feet lifted as high as the knees. If that is too challenging, you can also perform the exercise with the knees bent and the feet flat on the floor. 
If you have any neck issues, do this exercise with the head down and use a small pillow or towel for extra support if needed.

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Photo by Sherry Dubash at KZP

Tights by Splits59

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Street Style: Pilates-to-Park

  
An active lifestyle does not have to mean walking around in ugly gym clothes all day! To go from Pilates to a walk in the park, pair a bodysuit like this one from Splits59 with layers appropriate for Fall.

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Bodysuit: Splits59

Top: Necessary Clothing

Shorts: H&M

Jacket: Forever21

Scarf: H&M

Boots: Zara

Photo: Simon McDermott-Johnson

Makeup: Angela Boswell

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Reflection: Balance

  
|| B A L A N C E || Finding balance can be a challenge especially when you live in NYC. There is so much to take in as we walk and run through the city, that we sometimes have to block out the constant noise and chaos to find peace. 

Pilates and yoga help me to find balance amidst the chaos. In these disciplines I focus on my center, my breath, and I take time to be still. Less can indeed be more as my focus allows me to find a much needed balance.

Photo by Masha Creative for Nóli Yoga 2015 Collection http://www.noliyoga.com

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Reflection: Restore

  
|| RESTORE || If you are an ambitious person as I am, sometimes you have to remind yourself to take the time to restore. I keep myself busy doing the things that I love, accomplishing goals, and working towards new ones. Before I finish one project, I am often thinking about and working on the next, and the next, and the next one. I stay productive and like to keep the momentum going. My body however, sometimes tells me to pump my brakes, and I have learned to listen to it.

The other day I decided to get an early start, so woke up and took a 7am class. That class was followed by a casting, then gymnastics, then dance, then another class, then teaching Pilates until 9pm. Although I had a lot of energy and felt pretty good throughout the day, I got home feeling completely exhausted and passed out on the couch…clothes on, lights on, no dinner, and no shower (this happens often). 

The next morning I woke up and could barely move. Wtf was I thinking doing so much the day before?? Oh, I know… I was trying to accomplish things and having fun doing so (I really was). I had plans to teach and take multiple classes but decided to end my day early. 

After work, I took a Pilates class which felt good, and then I spent hours catching up with my BFF. I got home early and passed out again but this time at 830pm. I’m pretty sure I slept for about 10 hours that night, and my body definitely needed the rest.

I listened to my body and so made my schedule a little lighter for the rest of the week. I allowed myself to get home and to bed earlier, and I booked a much needed massage. When the weekend came, I let myself sleep in a bit and gave my body 2 days of rest. I still did a morning practice of seated meditation but focused on my breath and being still rather than working out like a maniac.

Monday is here and I feel rested and recharged for the upcoming week. It can be difficult to slow down when you are driven but it is essential that we give our bodies rest. It is fine to work hard and to push ourselves, but if we push to the point of exhaustion, we will have nothing more to give. Do yourself a favor by taking time during the week to restore. In order to show up and be fully present each day with energy and enthusiasm, we must allow ourselves to rest.

[Photo by Aggie Photos]

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