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Back to Backbends – Week 2 {Yoga Challenge}

This week I was finally able to pretend to be a ‘beach yoga girl’ and practice on the beach…and it is so different! The two poses here weren’t that difficult but I tried a few arm balances and they were super awkward (and a lot of fun).

Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana, Compass Pose
Day 8: Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana, Compass Pose
Supta Virasana, Reclining Hero Pose
Day 9: Supta Virasana, Reclining Hero Pose
Ustrasana, Camel Pose
Day 10: Ustrasana, Camel Pose
Ustrasana, Camel Pose
Day 10: Ustrasana, Camel Pose
Purvattanasana, Reverse Plank
Day 11: Purvattanasana, Reverse Plank
Parighasana, Gate Pose
Day 12: Parighasana, Gate Pose
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Upward Facing Dog
Day 13: Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Upward Facing Dog
Dhanurasana, Bow Pose
Day 14: Dhanurasana, Bow Pose

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

Related Links:

Back to Backbends – Week 1

July Yoga Challenge – Back to Backbends

June Yoga Challege – Yoga Gives Back

May Yoga Challenge – May I Begin Yoga 2015

April Yoga Challenge – Detox Yo Body


NYC Weekend

A few weekends ago I took a trip to New York City. I really wanted to visit my friend Mallorie’s popup shop, and other than that, I basically just planned to eat my weight in delicious NYC food. When I got into the city, the first thing I did was head to a raw vegan restaurant, Pure Food & Wine. It was kind of a bucket list item for me. I always wanted to go but kept putting it off. When they temporarily closed over the winter, I knew that when they reopened I needed to get my butt there. It did not disappoint.

Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

I got a Spicy Sesame Salad, a Mint Ice Cream Sundae, and a pot of white tea. The salad was huge, the sundae was incredible, and the tea was perfect since it was a little chilly sitting out in the (gorgeous) garden.  I wrote about the visit here.

Mint Sundae
Mint Sundae

Next up, I stopped at SmartGlamour, a women’s clothing shop owned by a friend I grew up with. She designs everything herself and everything is handmade. SmartGlamour makes clothing for every body type and size, and they promote a strong message of empowerment for women. I picked up an incredibly beautiful dress. Read more about my experience with SmartGlamour here.Smart GlamourI asked Mallorie if there were any vegan cafes in the area of her shop. She wasn’t sure but pointed me in a general direction. Right around the corner was a sign for…vegan ice cream! It was a little shop that had natural goods and some vegan food. Not everything was vegan, so I just grabbed a cup of maple cone ice cream and went on my way.

Vegan Ice Cream

I ate my ice cream and relaxed in Tompkins Square Park. I day dreamed a little that that’s what I’d be doing if we lived in the area. I always tell my husband we need an apartment in NYC to get away to. He’s okay with it, or will be after I hit the lottery.

Caravan of Dreams, NYC

I still wanted to find a place to get some food for my mom (other than the desserts I grabbed from PF&W) so I wandered in the general direction of the subway station I was headed to and found Caravan of Dreams. I think I read on the sign (or on my phone) that it was an organic, kosher, live (raw), and vegetarian restaurant, and when I was asking the host what vegan dish he would recommend for takeout, he said (very politely) that everything was vegan. I cannot tell you how awesome it is to hear that and know you can order ANYTHING off the menu. I wish I had time to sit and eat in because it was really cute inside, and there were a bunch of things I’d love to try off the menu.

Caravan of Dreams

I ordered the Tempeh Ruban (grilled onions, Russian dressing, tomato, rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle) for myself, and a Rosemary Shiitake Burger (tomato, grilled onions, tarragon ali-oli, olive ciabatta and house-made pickle) for my mom, both came with  salads. We ate them later that night when I got home, and I have to say my ruban was out of this world. My mom loved her burger too. 

Grilled onions,Russian dressing,tomato,rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle
Grilled onions,Russian dressing,tomato,rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle

I had an incredible time in the city and cannot wait to go back. My mom and I are excited to go to Chloe Coscerelli’s new cafe when it opens.

SmartGlamour and Body Positivity

Be Yourself

SmartGlamour is a clothing company created and owned by my friend Mallorie Carrington. She’s been making clothes and into fashion for as long as I can remember, but it was about a year ago that I discovered her campaign for body positivity.

Body positivity was something I never knew I should care about. I was never really happy with my body but I thought 5 inch heels and losing weight was the answer, not acceptance.


About two years ago, I was really happy with my body. I was lean and fit and it was freeing. Then I gained about 10 lbs and I felt a mental weight added too. I realized then, that I cared way too much about how my body looks. Now, I focus on being healthy but because I truly enjoy it, not because I don’t like my body.

Smart Glamour

Another thing I love about SmartGlamour is that hey have clothes to fit every size. Generally to find clothes that fit, I have to shop in the little girls section, and the clothes still never fit right. SmartGlamour makes clothes in sizes XXS to 6X, plus you can customize everything they make.

Smart Glamour

I started off my SmartGlamour collection with this beautiful Allison Pencil Skirt that I do not wear nearly enough!

Smart Glamour Skirt

I tried out their custom sizing on the Jackie Skinny Pant. The only other dress pants I have that almost fit are in girls sizes, and they’re super awkward. Needless to say, I will be ordering more of these.

Smart Glamour
I wear this Bridget Cardigan all the time. I keep it at my desk and wear it almost every day.

Smart GlamourLast weekend I visited their Manhattan pop-up shop and found this gorgeous Micah Colorblocked Tank Dress.

Smart Glamour

Smart GlamourSmart GlamourDefinitely check out the shop in person before the end of May if you’re in the city.

Smart Glamour

Smart Glamour

Smart Glamour
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The message and quality of the clothes (they’re all handmade in NYC) cannot be beat. I already have a list of pieces for my next order!

You can find SmartGlamour on the web at their site:  http://www.smartglamour.com/

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