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July 13th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 7 Workouts Our Favorite Celebrities Swear By

Have you amped up your workout routine for summer? Whether you’re looking to gain strength, raise your endorphins, or tone up a bit, summertime can be a huge workout motivator. I strongly believe that every body is a bikini body, so I try to view working out as a source of stress relief and a means to feeling strong. But it can get repetitive, so I’m always looking for a new workout to keep from becoming bored.

Most celebrities have private trainers but many of them have shared their workouts. I love seeing which celebs have workout routines that are available to me. Let’s be honest: there’s a reason celebs have such fit bodies, and I am more than happy to steal their secrets.

Take a look at some of the workouts our favorite celebrities are loving right now!

 

LEKfit

LEKFit 
I found out about LEKFit from Busy Phillipps‘s Instagram stories. This dance-inspired cardio workout will make you sweat more than you thought possible! If you can’t make it to the studio in LA, LEKFit is also available on demand for you to do in your own home or gym.

 

Soul Cycle

SoulCycle 
I’ve been to many spin studios, and I have to hand it to SoulCycle for having some of the most heart-pumping, intense classes and instructors. Celebrities like David Beckham, Kelly Ripa, and Lea Michele seem to agree!

 

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Barry’s Bootcamp
As seen on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Barry’s Bootcamp is killer! A mix of treadmill intervals and resistance training, the only thing you will regret about this workout is not going earlier. Other famous fans include Ellie Goulding, Amanda Seyfried, and Naomi Campbell.

 

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Body by Simone 
Body by Simone is a danced-based interval workout loved by Sandra Bullock, Emmy Rossum, and Anne Hathaway. You can participate too, with studios in New York and Los Angeles, DVDs, and an online streaming service.

 

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The Tracy Anderson Method 
Another dance-inspired cardio class (there is definitely a dance workout trend happening here), famous friends Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by this workout.

 

Boxing

Boxing
Boxing is a great way to build strength and get out any aggression, and it’s a workout that I personally love. Punching bags are easily found in your neighborhood gym, or you can attend a boxing gym like Gigi Hadid and Gina Rodriguez.

 

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Reformer Pilates
Not a new workout by any means, but reformer Pilates has certainly been trending the last few years—and for a good reason! Pilates creates long, lean, strong bodies and is sworn by by celebs like Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Hudson, and Karlie Kloss.

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June 29th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 7 Reasons Gal Gadot is Our New Crush

The name on everyone’s lips these days: Gal Gadot. And it’s no wonder; she stars in the first female-led superhero blockbuster (it’s about time!) and is getting rave reviews for her performance. Gal encompasses everything we could ever dream of in a role model—for ourselves and for young girls everywhere—and has charmed her way into our hearts. Here are seven reasons Gal Gadot is everyone’s newest girl crush.

 

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1. She’s a badass on screen and in life.

Gal not only plays Wonder Woman on screen, she is somewhat of a real life Wonder Woman. From serving two years as a combat trainer in the Israel Defense Force to filming Wonder Woman re-shoots at five months pregnant (I was napping everyday when I was preggo!), Gal has proven herself to be a real-life badass.

 

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2. She’s not afraid to be real.

Gal isn’t afraid to be honest and open in her photos and interviews. She knows the celebrity life isn’t always as glamorous as it may seem.

 

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3. She is humble.

“You made this movie what it is, and your love and support for this character and myself are not to be taken for granted,” Gal says in a recently shared thank you video that shows how grateful she is for all the support.

It is refreshing to have someone so humble for fans to admire. See the video here.

 

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4. She’s all about female empowerment.

Bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen is only fitting for Gal, who has always been vocal about female equality. In an interview with ESPN, she is asked what she wants her daughters to learn from her and answers, “How to love themselves, [and] to not always try to get validation from others.”

In another interview, with Variety, she says, “Growing up, I had Superman and Batman to look up to. All the boys and all the girls, that’s what we had. I think that it’s so important that we have also strong female figures to look up to.”

 

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5. She’s a family woman.

Gal makes time for her two beautiful daughters, whom she instills a strong sense of self in, and a loving husband while maintaining a busy, action-packed career.

 

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6. She has a super supportive husband.

Gal’s hubby of 9 years, Yaron, has always known what we are just learning: Gal is truly a wonderful woman. Yaron shared this sweet snap on Instagram sporting a tee that shows his support.

 

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7. She wears flats on the red carpet.

Gal understands the importance of comfort and isn’t afraid to rock a pair of flats on the red carpet. You know she’ll be ending the night without heel-induced foot pain! When asked why she chose flats, she had a simple answer: “It’s more comfortable! That’s it.”

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June 15th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile Brand Spotlight: ALEXACHUNG by Alexa Chung

If I could choose any “It girl” celeb to start a clothing line, I would choose Alexa Chung. While she has done design collaborations in the past, the time has finally come: her namesake clothing line ALEXACHUNG is here. After being teased on Instagram, the line was finally released in May, and it’s exactly what I hoped for.

We’ve already seen celebs flaunting pieces from the ALEXACHUNG collection—my favorite has been Selena Gomez wearing the Stripy Mohair Vest seen here. From chic, modern staples to funky ’70s-inspired pieces, ALEXACHUNG gives us the breath of fresh air we needed to style up our summer. Take a look at some of my favorite pieces below!

 

alexa chungMixed Crochet Top & Skirt

 

AC2Ruffle Collar Blouse & Zip Front Dungarees

 

AC3Heart Button Shirt & Triple Stitch Jeans

 

AC4Floral Hooded Dress

 

AC5Ruffle Collar Blouse & Pinafore Dress

 

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Doubled Breasted Jacket & High Waist Tailored Trousers

 

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Oversized Trench Coat

 

AC8I Love You I Hate You T-Shirt & High Waist Trousers

AC9Star Loafers

 

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Pointy Boots

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May 4th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile The 10 Most Anticipated Summer Concert Tours

Live music was made to happen in the summer, on late nights spent singing along with your favorite bands with your best friends. I’ve met some of my favorite people attending concerts, and watching a great live performer is my favorite way to spend a warm summer night.

This year’s music festival line-ups and album releases have us more excited than ever for our favorite touring performers. In anticipation of those shows, I’ve rounded up the top ten summer concert tours you’ll want to keep an eye on.

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1. Kendrick Lamar
He won Coachella, and now he has a nearly sold out summer tour. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have scored a ticket, you’re likely seeing the hottest concert of the season.

 2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
These ’90s legends never fail to put on some of the most energetic and honest live shows you’ll ever experience!

3. Hans Zimmer
The most surprising act at Coachella this year is taking it on the road, and if you’re a movie score fan, you will love hearing your film soundtracks come alive. This show is perfect for a summer date night!

4. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is just a good time overall. Gather your girlfriends and dance and sing the night away with Bruno as he performs hit after hit.

5. New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, & Paula Abdul
If you’re “old” enough (like me!), this show will be nostalgic perfection.

6. Future
Another show that should not, could not, will not be missed this summer! If you love live music and energetic performers, be sure not to miss Future on tour.

7. Jason Aldean
I know not everyone is a country music fan, but if you are, you’re probably planning on going to at least one of Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated live shows.

8. Britney Spears
Not technically a tour, but the last year of Britney’s Vegas residency is sure to be one of the hottest shows that you can attend this summer.

9. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
These two should never tour without each other! Enrique and Pitbull put on one of the hottest shows, and you can be sure there will be guest performers making appearances left and right!

10. John Mayer
John Mayer has been out of the spotlight for quite some time, and I expect nothing but good surprises to come from his new music.

April 20th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 10 Most Buzzed About Coachella 2017 Performances

Let’s celebrate what Coachella is really about: the music! Of course, the fashion and celeb sightings are bonuses to the weekend, but the music is what brings everyone out to the desert. If you weren’t able to make it this year, don’t fret—I’ve compiled a list of the best performances to catch online. They might just inspire you to begin planning for next year’s festival!

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Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar closed the first weekend of the world’s premiere music festival, and fans everywhere are calling it legendary. Not one for gimmicks, Lamar had several surprise guests and focused on his music, performing from his new album released the previous Friday.

Lorde
Debuting new music from her upcoming album, Lorde made an impression on fans and non-fans alike. Beginning with what may be a show of solidarity with Coachella-snubbed Kate Bush, Lorde doesn’t hold back in her performances and this past weekend was no different.

Hans Zimmer
A German film score composer with a full orchestra performing at Coachella? Was it a joke? Hardly. It was a brilliant move that will have Coachella-goers looking back for years to come. I am hoping this is the beginning of Coachella continuing to surprise us each year by branching out and booking acts from all music genres.

Lady Gaga
Is it any surprise that Lady Gaga had one of the best performances of the weekend? Gaga may have been a replacement when Beyonce bowed out, but no one was disappointed during her dynamic set.

Radiohead
They may be getting more press for their sound issues than their actual performance, but Coachella veteran Radiohead has never given an actual bad performance. Radiohead will, of course, be back this weekend to prove their showmanship without technical difficulties, but do we really need further proof?

Future
Future barely had to perform himself, with fans across the desert grass often singing loud enough to hear over the speaker system. The crowd lost themselves even further when Future brought out special guest Drake.

The xx
One of my husband’s favorite bands, the xx proved why they are universally loved as they rocked the desert last weekend. Raw, real, and emotional, the xx was a welcome addition to the heavy hip-hop and electronic lineup at this year’s festival.

DJ Khaled
If the theme of the weekend was surprise guests, DJ Khaled was the winner. From radio DJ and music producer to a musician in his own right, it wasn’t a shock to see so many guests during Khaled’s set, but nonetheless, the excitement at each new one was felt throughout the crowd.

Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni
The three performed together, back-to-back, collaborating for 3 hours in the Yuma tent. From disco to house music and electronica, the Yumi tent was not to be missed on Saturday afternoon. Time will tell if the trio will combine their sets for the second weekend of Coachella.

Sampha
Soul singer Sampha brought his velvety smooth voice to Coachella this year and defied the odds; Coachella’s most hailed acts are usually the big name, big performance artists, but this year we’re taking notice of Sampha and his simple three-piece band and soul music.

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