Lip Sense

Chances are you know someone selling Lipsense products. And I can bet that you may have been approached to attend a party, host one, buys stuff online, whatever. The fact is, I would much rather buy a product I am going to get anyway from an independent distributer. My hairstylist actually told me about this stuff. I was sitting in her chair with color on my hair passing time chatting. It was actually right when I decided to go blonde and knew I was going to have to rework my color palette. I am of the mindset that I want one go-to daytime lip color and maybe 2-3 darker colors for going out.

So, my longtime friend and stylist tells me about Lipsense and in the most nonchalant way is like, “Yeah, that stuff literally lasts all day. No joke.” She passed her friend’s contact info on to me and I actually got in touch with her. Since then I have had probably 3 people approach me to buy it.

Here’s my recommendation:

Lips of Jewels  (the girl’s name who sells it is Julie, who knows I may be biased) and I’ll tell you why.

First off, the products are amazing, Literally lasts all day, wide variety of colors, quality ingredients, etc.

But her customer service skills are on point. Anything I’ve ever ordered has arrived within a couple days. She does offer sales and promos but has never made me feel pressured to buy anything. And when I had a question about a product I bought, she immediately got right back to me and sent a video. I bought a super dark color after I had tried out a lighter one. When I first tried to apply it was streaking and looking weird. Turns out it was just my application technique. Curious how to apply a dark Lipsense color so you can rock those edgier looks?



Brawl On

My Take on Brawl


In the spirit of honestly and being true to myself, this post may have a slightly different tone than others I’ve written in the “Flex” section. For all intents and purposes this is the fitness corner of my website and that means all things Barre! Perhaps I’ve never mentioned that part of why I joined The Barre Code in the first place was that I needed to shake up my routine and be held accountable. I am relatively disciplined on my own. I’ll always so some kind of activity or exercise but it’s hard for me to consistently push myself past my own predetermined limits. Just like anyone else, I have things that come more naturally to me. To be fair I am often trying to break new ground in other areas of my life so going to a studio where the classes are always challenging is refreshing because all I have to do is show up.  I consistently attend whatever 3 classes I can make it to per week, occasionally more and rarely less. Over the course of the past 2 years I have watched my body transform and my confidence increase dramatically. (I still have to eat right most of the time!)

One thing I must confess, is that I pretty much avoided going to Brawl at all costs for the first year or more that I belonged to the studio. I would take it once in a while. Every now and then I’d have an “on” day, totally rock a routine, and feel like a total badass. Then I’d go to a couple where I’d basically trip over my feet so much I’d leave wondering how I ever even learned to walk. I chalked it up as something I “just wasn’t good at” and didn’t really care because I was able to make it to enough other cardio classes that I still felt like I was getting a balance in my routine. Then my schedule changed (a couple times) over the past year or so and if I wanted to keep up with my commitment I kinda had to hit a Brawl class more often than I would have liked. At first, I just struggled through them resentfully. I tried to make myself like it a little more and then just decided I was going to make sure I planned my classes around NOT going to Brawl, which meant I had to go Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday without fail in order to keep up with my 3 days. If you’re up to date on the rest of my site, you might have an idea that my life rarely runs like clockwork. Certain habits are ingrained which keeps me grounded but otherwise I need a lot of flexibility for it all to go smoothly. Thus, I found myself back at Brawl classes.

Then one day I made it to a class that just went average. I wasn’t terrible at the routine but I didn’t get that boost I’d feel when I really nailed it, yet I got this quiet sense of accomplishment. It’s easy to do something you’re already good at and just keep getting better if you devote the time to it. But consistently pushing through something that doesn’t come naturally builds character. I never played competitive sports so getting into that aspect of fitness has always been uncomfortable for me. Not that Brawl is competitive in the sense that you have to try to out-kick your neighbor, but it definitely helps me channel my inner warrior. Plus, if I am really stressed I can typically work it out in a Brawl class. I’ve found that sticking it out with something I don’t just gravitate toward has been really empowering. Brawl helps me create balance, not only in my exercise routine, but in how I approach the challenges in my life. Even when I am struggling, the regular Brawl instructor, Ashley makes me smile and I try to keep that attitude outside of the studio as well.

Love at First Plie

Have you ever participated in an activity so beneficial it immediately empowered you to change your life for the better, so much so, you had to put it on blast every chance you got? Well, I’m putting it on blast every chance I get, it is Barre for me. I’ve been dedicated to exercising since my early twenties, but growing up, I never had a passion for athletics. Barre revolutionized my mindset on exercise, sparking in me a passion for fitness.

A couple years back I was coming out of a winter slump. We’ve all been there. A few pounds pudgier and not getting results at the gym, I sat on the couch looking at The Barre Code’s website feeling a bit intimidated. I hadn’t belonged to a studio for a couple years and Barre seemed a bit more intense than yoga or Pilates where I had my most success. That’s just it though, I wanted something different. I’ve studied enough exercise physiology to know if I didn’t keep challenging my body by changing my routine I would naturally plateau, even after I reached my goal weight.

Nestled in McCandless Crossings in a beautiful complex new to the North Hills, The Barre Code neighbors a hip coffee shop and bistro, independently run shops, restaurants, and a cutting edge cinema. Upon arrival I was welcomed by the location. The instructors were positive and inviting, and I immediately felt the strength of the fitness community. I took the plunge, and honestly by the end of my first class I was sore and suffering, but the challenge made me hungry for more, and I’ve never looked back.

True, I’ve hit some major peaks and valleys maintaining fitness along the way, but Barre is a workout I can truly get behind. Barre provides a powerful, no excuses workout routine I thrive on, and since day one it’s been love at first plie. You’re continually engaged in graceful, deliberate movements. Every motion has a purpose.

I build lean muscle easily, and have always worked with resistance training on the principle of high reps, low weight with intermittent stretching to lengthen. With the exception of warm up and stretch, the fifty minute Barre class is full throttle. The instructors teach in a rhythmic, almost musical cadence to blasting dance mixes, the transitions are active, and the core work makes me feel like I got socked in the tummy, in a rewarding, exactly what I need kind of way.

I found my fitness home and a workout I excel at by joining The Barre Code in the North Hills, an innovative one-stop shop dedicated to inner and outer strength. The experience has transformed me into my strongest, fittest self, and regardless of my schedule, I show up because I want to. I am amazed and truly blessed to have discovered the empowering Barre fitness program. It has challenged my mind as much as my body, and has changed me for the better.