Ever heard of foam rolling? Me neither until a couple days ago! My gym recently created an hour long class dedicated to relaxing those pesky built-up muscle knots by using a foam roller. It feel like you’re giving yourself a deep tissue massage, and the best part is you can do it at home. Here are some basic exercises to try with a foam roller.
For more information on the health benefits of foam rolling check out my feature on Fit and Fab Living
Place the foam roller horizontally under your calves. Begin to extend your body forward so the foam roller moves up your calf to just under your knee, then slowly move back until the foam roller reaches just above your ankles. Repeat slowly, holding your position every couple inches or wherever feels tender. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Position your body face down and place the foam roller horizontally under your quadriceps. Begin to extend your body forward so the foam roller moves down your thighs to just above your knee, then slowly move back until the foam roller reaches just under your pelvis. Repeat slowly, holding your position every couple inches or wherever feels tender. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Position your body horizontally on the mat and place the foam roller under your right hip bone. Lift you legs up to deepen the exercise. Begin to slowly move your body side to side, holding your position every couple inches or wherever feels tender. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
Set yourself up the same way you would for an upper and lower back exercise. Now when you move to side to side twist your abdomen so your right arms meets your left and the foam roller comes just under your shoulder. Press your weight into your should while in this position and hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
I recently had my nails painted at a salon and was very disappointed when the next day I noticed that they were already starting to chip. Why pay all that money when it doesn’t even last, I thought to myself? I’ve gotten artificial nails before, but I began considering it gain after this mishap. My nails are in really ruff shape at the moment and I want something that is going to disguise them. But before I take any further steps, I wanted to make a pro and con list for getting artificial nails. I hear lots of rumors about how bad they are for your nails and health, so I want to make sure I’m making the right decision first. But which is better, gel or acrylic? Good thing I’m weighing the pros and cons of both!
The maxi, hi-lo hem and peplum dresses may come and go with the seasons, but the dress that I believe will endure forever as the most flattering to the feminine figure is the A-Line. The A-Line Dress is just what it sounds like. Also known as the fit and flare, the A-Line is fitted through the chest and torso and flares out from the waist. I love wearing this fun and flirty style in the summer and even better on a budget! Check out these classy A-Lines all under $45!
I’ve always loved nail polish, but I’ve always been a little hesitant to branch beyond just strictly changing my nail polish color to more exciting things like polka dots and painted tips. I mean, I’ve finally just mastered painting my right hand with my left hand and that alone was an accomplishment for me. But, I follow a few nail art related accounts on Instagram and it’s clear that simply painted nails aren’t cutting it anymore. So, I’ve made it my goal to branch out this summer and give into the current nail trends. What exactly are the nail trends for summer you may be asking? Check them out below!
During the sweaty summer months, the last thing you want is a weighed down face full of makeup. Last summer, BB Creams were all the rage for those who wanted light coverage makeup with an illuminating finish. Now, the light feel and glowing power of a beauty balm is being combined with the anti-aging properties of an anti-aging cream to form what is being called a CC cream. AA (anti-aging) plus BB (beauty balm) equals CC (color correcting). Get it?
So, what’s the real difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? Well, a CC cream provides all the benefits that a BB cream does (conceals, hydrates, evens skin tone and protects with SPF) with one added bonus. CC creams visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, sun spots and acne scarring. It’s basically a BB cream, but with a little extra pizzazz.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards featured an all grown-up Taylor Swift in a gorgeous vibrant blue dress from designer Zuhair Murad’s Pre-Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection.
I can’t take the credit for this one. It was actually Jen who first brought this trend to my attention. (These Cole Haan oxfords are at the top of her spring wish list.)