Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ageless, Vivacious & Effortlessly ME!

In nineteen hours, thirty minutes and some random number of seconds I will be a year older (in my very early thirties) and I am okay with that. While some dames dash over to their nearest cosmetic surgeon to get pumped, filled and drilled to hold on to their youth; I on the other hand  will pass on the selective surgeries, procedures, fillers and all that jazz. I have taken the natural approach to my ageless journey into brilliance (that's how I'm looking at it mon petites!) with a balance of fitness, healthy eating and treating my mind, body and soul with the TLC it deserves - I will be the the best me... effortlessly! 

As I get older I have noticed slight differences with my skin, overall body and especially my hair and with each change I have altered my lifestyle to ensure that I remain as flawless as possible! This mon petites, is no easy feat but the rewards are invaluable.


ALL ABOUT H2O 

Photo Courtesy of LA PETITE BLOG 
Ever wonder how those insanely haute glamazions stay in shape? We've done extensive research to find out what these mythical creatures do for exercise (get up & move!), what they wear to work up a sweat (clothes!), and how they reward themselves after a job well done (even more clothes!). What was prevalent with everyone from Serena Williams, Beyonce to Irina Shayk is the magnificent elixir H2O.  There is a plethora of benefits from this natural resource like hydrating the body, maintaining the balance of bodily fluids,  assists those looking to shed pounds, energizes muscles, main factor in keeping one's skin looking phenomenal,  supports Kidney health,  and sustains normal bowel function - just to name a few.  How do I incorporate this drink into my lifestyle? I make sure I drink water non-stop from chilled glasses adorned with sliced fruits (like the picture above) to schlepping water bottles wherever I go ensures I stay hydrated 24/7. Since committing to a daily intake of water - I have noticed changes in my skin and yes even my bowel movements (TMI - but it really does work). Instead of sugary libations that will compromise your waist sip on H2your physique  will thank you for it!  

CLEAN AMBITION

Photo Courtesy of LA PETITE BLOG 
Want to hear a secret? As much as you may spin, crossfit or train until your glutes salute the masses it won't make a difference unless you have a proper diet filled with nutrients,  antioxidant-enriched fruits and vegetables as well as little to no processed foods. A proper, life-giving diet has been a challenge for me but the return has been vital to my overall well-being and I am proud to state I have lost a resounding 24lbs since cleaning up my act. It's still a challenge but I like myself when I eat clean - trust me mon petites, you will love the new you too! 

THE MANE EFFECT 

Photo Courtesy of LA PETITE BLOG 
For me the first place I noticed signs of aging was my hair. For some reason my locks were extremely dry, brittle and can you keep a secret? I found a few stray gray hairs! I have to be completely honest and say I was devastated but I soon realized that those gray hairs was a reward for being able to live this long and to strive to live the most optimal life possible. With my hair in this new phase I needed to overhaul my current regime and utilize products that addressed these issues and mon peties, I found it!  Despite my allegiance to my favorite hair products, I was intrigued with the anti-aging promise in the  NeXXus Youth Renewal    line of shampoos, conditioners and—of course—leave in treatments. The products cleanses, smooths, and strengthens fragile, unruly hair and best part it doesn't break the bank!  This nourishing line specially designed for aging hair softens your locks without stripping it of its natural oils, so your mane remains smooth and frizz-free and won't feel overly dry. It's heaven sent and you will notice the difference after just one use. My overly dry, brittle and dehydrated locks is a thing of the past since I began using NeXXus Youth Renewal  - it's worth every penny. 

Getting older is a beautiful experience in itself and with products like NeXXus Youth Renewal  it has just gotten better! 
NeXXus Youth Renewal combats 8 signs of aging hair. Our Vita-8 Complex helps improve color radiance, shine, strength, and volume, as well as reduce frizz. And it gets even better! The first 500 readers (that's you) will have a chance to try Nexxus for yourself!  What do you have to do mon petites?
 Simply fill out this survey link: http://bit.ly/NEXXUSLPB for your chance to try out these amazing products, and be sure to tell em' La PETITE Blog sent you! 

Compensation was provided by Unilever via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Unilever Nexxus

Monday, July 22, 2013

HAUTE BODY REPORT: THE NATURAL BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT



Photo: Marcio Madeira/Courtesy of Style.com (runway); Arthur Elgort (Vogue image).
Mon petites, what can I say this season it's all about a floral print and a firm derrière! What's even better is when you can combine the two and we here at LPB have the perfect combination that will have you in the latest trends, hautest wears and added bonus an immaculate   gluteus maximus! 

Now we all haven't been blessed with a shapely Brazilian posterior like those dames strutting on the runway - bless you Gisele! That doesn't mean we can't attain one with hard work (and a stellar workout look). In comes fitness aficionado Tadeo, Brazilian soccer player export and A-list celebrity trainer (Kerry Washington and Jesse Metcalfe, etc.) has the perfect routine that will revamp your caboose in no time flat - no pun intended.  Tadeo's signature 'Cuerpaso' workout routine specializes in giving women a sculpted toned posterior - the natural way! Here the Maven of Derrières shares his ingenious routine with us.  

Cuerpaso: The Natural Brazilian Butt Lift

Images Courtesy of Tadeo

 Step 1: Start with knees bent into a deep squat and arms outstretched downwards in front of your  legs. Come up into a standing position and jump off the ground spreading legs into a wide V shape while in mid air

Images Courtesy of Tadeo

  Step 2: Start out with leg outstretched backwards at a 90 degree angle and arms outstretched directly in front. Simultaneously bring back leg forward and arms down to touch front bent knee at 90 degree angle, and repeat with opposite leg

Actual Cuerpaso 'Before and After' Results
Images Courtesy of Tadeo


LPB Tip: Do this Drill 3 to 4 times a week and say hello to your new bum. Don't believe us? Take a look at the photos above! 
Here's where it gets haute! These 3 finds are your ultimate must have that are the perfect fusion of form and function. Ladies it's time to say "Good Buy"! 
Clockwise From Left: LIVE LOVE DREAM | Aéropostale®  double-strap slim racerback sports bra, $15 ;  LIVE LOVE DREAM | Aéropostale®  floral cropped active capri, $25 ;  CANDO 24lbs Dual Handle Ball,$71.05

This Bootyilicious 3 needs to be in every haute dame's arsenal! 

HAUTE BUY: LIVE LOVE DREAM | Aéropostale®  double-strap slim racerback sports bra, $15
WAZOO FACTOR: How I love thee  LIVE LOVE DREAM let me count the ways!  Aéropostale®  created a  performance range that is both functional, fun, luxurious and yet affordable. The activewear collections - including fashion-forward active, yoga and lounging outfits - prove you can work out without losing your cool (finally!).The  'Active' double-strap slim racerback sports bra is the perfect way to streamline your silhouette. Equipped with a built-in-bra and supportive racer-back straps, this piece will work as a high-performance gym top or an after-workout underpinning. What's genius about this piece is that it was specially designed active pieces intended to support, streamline and flatter your shape. The contrast color story will do wonders for your wardrobe too and at under $20 you can afford to splurge (we promise we won't tell!).  
SHOPLIST: www.aéropostale.com


WAZOO FACTOR:  Aéropostale®'s  latest foray in activewear has me elated beyond belief! Not only is it wallet friendly the pieces are functional and uber cute. The inception of LIVE LOVE DREAM is an additional incentive to get up and workout.   These  floral-print capri pants are comfortable, stylish and totally 'with it' - I am completely obsessed with them! Why you ask: well these active capri (which are in floral!!!!) were constructed to enable optimum sporting performance, simply they are  gym essentials that also a streamline and support the female physique. What's not to love?

HAUTE BUY: CANDO 24lbs Dual Handle Ball,$71.05
WAZOO FACTOR: Booty training  - (yes, Booty Training!) comes down to this my dear sweet petites:  The secret to the perfect posterior is in controlled movements and the incremental addition of weights. The weights in question are undoubtedly CANDO  Dual Handle Ball - ranging from 6lbs to 30lbs there's no limit to how intense your Brazilian Butt Lift session can be. The Dual Handle Balls are compact, easy to store and worth every dollar! It's a great addition to an at home fitness gadgetries (yes, gadgetries!)  

Mon petites, the proof is in the pictures (literally). Let's all take a page from Tadeo's book - If your butt is engaged, your body will change. And change it shall with this haute trinity of products sure to enhance your life, wardrobe and overall well being. 


About Tadeo Tadeo turned down a life on Wall Street when he transferred from UPENN's Wharton School of Business to pursue a professional soccer career in LA and attend the University of Southern California and study Kinesiology. He's played professional soccer in Brazil, and is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese. He has trained at some of the top gyms in the country including the Reebok Sports Club in New York City, Crunch gym, and Sports Club LA in Beverly Hills. For more information, please visit www.cuerpaso.com

REMEMBER: Consult your doctor before engaging in vigorous exercise.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

TRAYVON MARTIN | OSCAR GRANT| PATRICK DORISMOND | SEAN BELL | CHAVIS CARTER | ABNER LOUIMA | AMADOU DIALLO| EMMETT TILL | OUSMANE ZONGO| CENTRAL PARK 5 | RODNEY KING | TIMOTHY STANSBURY | KIMANI GRAY

 TRAYVON MARTIN | OSCAR   GRANT|  PATRICK DORISMOND| SEAN BELL | ABNER LOUIMA |  AMADOU DIALLO|   EMMETT TILL | OUSMANE ZONGO| CENTRAL PARK 5 | RODNEY KING | CHAVIS CARTER |  TIMOTHY STANSBURY | KIMANI GRAY ..... ALL MY BROTHERS, COUSINS, ELDERS, MY FUTURE CHILDREN .... SOCIAL INJUSTICE MUST STOP!
BLACK PEOPLE (AFRICAN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN WHATEVER YOUR ETHNICITY) HAVE A DIVINE RIGHT TO BE TREATED EQUALLY!  THIS ALSO GOES FOR WOMAN & CHILDREN TOO - CHANGE  NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW!  

Friday, July 12, 2013

HAUTE TREND REPORT: NAIL IT WITH NAJA!

Nail Stylist Naja Rickette
Photo Courtesy of NajaNailGuru.com | La PETITE Blog

  Nail enthusiasts of the world it's time to rejoice! Haute Nail Stylist NAJA RICKETTE of WE TV's original reality series L.A. Hair is here to share her take on the hautest trend this summer. What is this trend you ask mon petites? According to Naja the Nail Guru (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and a slew of other haute dames are her clients) it's all about the Hourglass Manicure!  "The standard hourglass manicure is slimming and flattering to anyone’s fingers, whether they have long or short nails," explains Naja, "and there are unlimited variations.  You can either do a standard hourglass manicure, or you can add a third color to really give a strong pop of color " Naja suggests.

The Hautest Trend For Summer! Hourglass Manicure by NAJA.
 From Left: Three Color Hourglass Manicure by Naja |  Standard Black and White Hourglass Manicure by Naja | Standard Hourglass Manicure by Naja

Photo courtesy of Naja Rickette | NajaNailGuru.com

The Hourglass Manicure deviates from the usual ho-hum of basic bright summer shades and solves that dreaded conundrum of how to revive your manicures for the season. Here we take some our must have nail lacquers from ZOYA and with the enlightenment we've been blessed with by the Guru Naja our summer will definitely be haute! 

Gleaming Rosé

Haute Hues From Left: Zoya Nail Polish | Hazel, $8 ;  Zoya Nail Polish | Yana, $8 available at zoya.com
Photo Courtesy of Zoya | La PETITE Blog
For all those who just loves high shine this killer combo this gives nails a new modern gleam.

Summer Lovin' 



Haute Hues From Left: Zoya Nail Polish | Rocky, $8 ; Zoya Nail Polish | Darcy , $8 ; Zoya Nail Polish | Micky, $8 available at zoya.com
Photo Courtesy of Zoya | La PETITE Blog


This trio of hues will ensure your summer days will be a blast! 

Decadence & Grandeur

Haute Hues From Left: Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish | Dahlia , $9;  Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish | Godiva $9; Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish | London $9  available at zoya.com
Photo Courtesy of Zoya | La PETITE Blog

Mon petites, PixieDust is an experience in itself and this trio would be so indulgent and better yet it won't break the bank! 

Muted Luxe 

Haute Hues From Left: Zoya Nail Polish | Julie $8; Zoya Nail Polish | Blu $8 available at zoya.com
Photo Courtesy of Zoya | La PETITE Blog

For that retro, elegant Sixties-inspired manicure with a twist this coalition of hues is on trend! 

Here's the how-to in a few easy steps: 
- Before you start on the design apply a basecoat mon petites!  
- Paint your nail with the base coat (the hue that is in the middle) and let it dry completely 
- For the hourglass design we suggest using a sticker which will make the process all the more easier (we like these link: http://bit.ly/1ingoTL
- Place the stickers on your nailbed, once applied paint inside the sticker and repeat on the other side. 
- Once complete apply your topcoat and you have a haute nail look! 

Thanks to Naja the Nail Guru, we have the ultimate haute nail trend for the season. To learn more about the uber stylist check out her Web site, NajaNailGuru.com
To purchase the nail lacquers featured in the post hightail it over to Zoya.com

Monday, July 1, 2013

Just A Whiff

Photo Courtesy of Tim Hout  
From Left: Valentino Valentina Assoluto Eau de Parfum, $117; nordstrom.com |Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir L’Eau Exquise Eau de Toilette, $96; nordstrom.com | Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau Eau de Toilette, $102; nordstrom.com |  Prada Infusion d’Iris L’Eau d’Iris Limited Edition Eau de Toilette, $77; macys.com | Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche, $75; macys.com | Balenciaga L’Eau Rose Eau de Toilette, $115; nordstrom.com Narciso Rodriguez For Her L’Eau Eau de Toilette, $104; sephora.com | Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Eau de Parfum Spray, $82; sephora.com | Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile Leather Purse Spray Refill, $107; and Leather Purse Holder, $153; neimanmarcus.com

With spring coming to a close that doesn't mean we can't indulge ourselves with lovely floral scents. Light, airy and full sweet notes these scents are worth the investment.