Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Coral Crush

I just can't get enough of the color coral these days. It is such a vibrant, happy hue and a great choice for both spring and summer! Best of all, coral hues look good on everyone because of the varying tones you can choose from. (Lighter skin generally looks better with a pinker undertone whereas darker skin should opt for a more orange undertone.) 

Here are some my favorite coral pieces:

Everyday Wear                                                                         Sporty Wear
1. Kenneth Jay Lane Cabochon Chandelier Earrings ($54)    1. Nike Air Max +2012 ($170)
2. Deborah Lippman Girls Just Want To Have Fun ($16)          2. Zella Seamless Racerback Tank ($32)
3. Torn by Ronny Kobo Candy Mini Dress ($208)                    3. Neon Capri Leggings ($68)
4. All-Bright Passport Case ($48)                                              4. City Adventure Dress ($89)
5. J Brand 835 Crop Skinny Jeans ($169)                                 5. Zella Micro UV Tee ($44)
6. French Connection Stripe Shopper (on sale $90.45)            6. Prana Mackenzie Knicker ($65)
7. JCrew Open Knit Cashmere Sweater ($200)                        7. Moving Comfort Serena ($38)
8. ASOS Hype Sandal ($73.06)
9. ASOS Metal Bar Detail Envelope Clutch ($31.31)
10. I Adorn U Coral Bird Flight ($40)
11. Spot and Stripe Sunglasses Set ($16)
12. MM Couture Pop Tie Shorts ($59)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fit Fridays- My Five Favorite Upper Body Stretches

My first post on stretching focused on the lower body, so I thought I would follow up with my five favorite upper body stretches as it's important to keep the upper body flexible too. You should try to incorporate stretching into your weekly workout routine as stretching can increase your flexibility, resulting in improved performance and decreased risk of injury. While there are different opinions as to whether you should stretch before or after exercise, most experts recommend stretching after exercise or after a short warm-up period.

The five stretches below are great for swimmers, cyclists, runners or just about any sport to increase your flexibility. Of course, there are many more stretches you can do but these are just some of my favorites. If any of the stretches below do not feel comfortable or are painful, please refrain from doing them.

Before you start, here are some general guidelines for safe stretching:
  • Never stretch cold muscles; warm up for at least 5-10 minutes or wait until after your workout to begin your stretching routine.
  • Do not bounce while stretching as you can injure yourself by creating small tears in the muscle. Instead, move slowly into a stretch, hold the stretch for approximately 30 seconds, and then switch sides and repeat.
  • Do not over-stretch. You want to feel a slight pull/tightness in the muscle when stretching but never pain. As the muscle relaxes and you no longer feel a tightness, you can stretch a bit further until you feel that same tightness again. 1.

1. Posterior Shoulder Stretch: The posterior shoulder stretch will help to release your rotator cuff muscles on the back of your shoulders.
    1. Cross one arm across your body and hold it with your opposite arm either above or below the elbow.
    2. Using your opposite arm, slowly pull the arm that is across your body towards you until you feel a slight stretch.
    3. Maintain good posture by keeping your back straight.
    4. Hold for approximately 30 seconds then repeat on the other side.

2. Triceps Stretch: The triceps muscle is located on the back of your arm and serves to extend or straighten your elbow.
    1. Raise one arm up and then bend it, placing your fingers toward the middle of your upper back.
    2. With the opposite hand, grab your elbow and slowly pull towards the side of your opposite hand until you feel a slight stretch.
    3. Maintain good posture by keeping your back straight.
    4. Hold for approximately 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

3. Side Stretch: There are three main muscles on your side, the internal and external obliques and the quadratus lumborum which help to stabilize the core.
    1. Lift both arms above your head.
    2. Take your right hand and grasp your left arm at the wrist with your palms facing up.
    3. Bend slowly to the right side until you feel a stretch.
    4. Hold for approximately 15-30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

4. Chest Stretch: Your chest consists of your pectoralis major and minor muscles which are the main muscles responsible for shoulder movements.
    1. Intertwine your fingers behind your back with your arms straight.
    2. Slowly lift your arms up behind you until you feel a slight stretch.
    3. Maintain good posture by keeping your neck and back straight.
    4. Hold for approximately 30 seconds.

5. Streamline Stretch: The streamline stretch will help to loosen up your latissimus dorsi muscles, the strongest muscle on your back that is utilized while swimming.
    1. Raise both arms above your head and place your hands one on top of the other like a streamline position in the water.
    2. Stretch up as high as you can.
    3. Hold for approximately 30 seconds and repeat if you like.

Happy stretching!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Summer Must Have - Part 2

As you read in my first "A Summer Must Have" post, I was recently diagnosed with basal-cell carcinoma. Of course sun-protection has been number one on my list of things to buy for the summer. First was a good sunscreen and next up - stylish yet sun protecting hats. (I already own a few of them myself!) Here are my top picks for the beach and I'll follow up with another post with my fitness favorites.

1. Crushable Ribbon Floppy Sun Hat ($52), 2. UGG Australia Wide Helia Sun Hat ($125), 3. Gap Floppy Sun Hat ($34.95), 4. Striped Sun Hat ($48), 5. Collection XIIX Colorful Fedora ($28), 6. Banded Beachcomber Fedora ($88), 7. Mossimo Supply Co. Straw Fedora ($12.99), 8. Trouvé Stripe Band Fedora ($24.90 on sale).

Monday, May 21, 2012

Retro Cool - Cycling Style

With the Tour of California cycling race having just wrapped up this past weekend and the Tour de France soon to follow in July, I can't help but have cycling on the brain. Well that and I just love a guy in a jersey! Check out these retro cool cycling jerseys by Le Coq Sportif which you can rock on the bike or around town ...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fit Fridays

Did you read this article about how joggers live longer (approximately 5-6 years) and that you don't have to run fast or far? Really?!

Yup, they say jogging "at a slow pace for one to two and a half hours a week will bring you the most significant benefits." You shouldn't need any more motivation than that!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Salt Water Toes

I couldn't resist getting my daughters matching pairs of gold Salt Water Sandals for the summer. I used to wear them as kid myself and love all the new colors available that I could hardly decide which ones to get. How cute are those toes! Available here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sweat Worthy Splurge

The warm weather has me thinking about summer and what I need to add to my workout wardrobe. There is so much to love about this workout tank by Payne - the flattering colorblocking, the mesh racerback for breathability, the gorgeous colors (available in coral & aqua), but most of all, the cutout details on the straps are what really makes this piece standout. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lemon + Lime

These two hues remind me that summer is soon to arrive! I love them paired with gray as it's almost like the sun is peeking out on a cloudy day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Functional & Chic Summer Sandals

As much as I love fashion, it's not always feasible with young kids. Let's be honest, chasing after an endlessly energetic 3-year-old and a wobbly 1-year-old in a pair of high-heeled Manolo Blahniks is just not practical. So, I'm always on the lookout for comfortable but chic sandals so I can chase after my kids and look fashionable too.

I've been getting a lot of questions from friends about a pair of J-41 sandals (pic on the left) I bought last year. They are the most comfortable mid-heeled sandals I have ever worn and luckily they are still available! (Find them here.)

Here are a few more cute sandals that you can keep up with your kids in but still look good:

1. Clementine Sandal ($69), 2. Brigantine Sandal ($60), 3. Børn Myndy Sandal (or here) ($140), 4. Trudeau Wedge Sandal ($115), 5. Marais Espadrille Wedge ($110), 6. Kate Spade New York Verona (on sale $157.99), 7. Steve Madden Bethanyy Sandal ($59.95), 8. Dolce Vita Archer Sandal ($69).

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fit Fridays - Want to do a sprint triathlon?

Have a sprint triathlon on your "to-do" list this summer? I have four free codes to give out for my triathlon training app "First Time Triathlon." Just join this blog and/or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jammyco and email me at support@jammyco.com. This offer will expire on May 31, 2012.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday Obsession

Just spotted this pretty Ombre Dip Dye Tank by Under Armour. Made with a moisture wicking material and perfect for my Pilates class. (Find it here, or here in purple as well.)

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Summer Must-Have

A summer must-have is a good sunscreen. My years of long training runs and rides while being fair-skinned have finally caught up with me. After a biopsy, I got the bad news: basal-cell carcinoma. Gulp. While it is the most common type of skin cancer and the vast majority of cases are successfully treated, it is a serious wake-up call at such a young age.

As a mother, I immediately thought of my two daughters and how they have an increased risk now that I've been diagnosed. Of course, I wanted to find the safest, most effective sunscreen for them. Alarmingly, it is uncertain whether the chemicals in many sunscreens are even safe (some might actually increase your risk of cancer and can also affect estrogen levels which can interfere with normal sexual development). Read this informative article here for more on that. Also, if you are unsure about your current sunscreen, check out the EWG (Environmental Working Group) site here to see how it's ranked.

I've tried many of the natural sunscreens but always hated the sticky feeling and the pasty white look it left.  However I finally found a few that I love so I thought I'd share.

Josie Maran's Daily Sun Protection (for face &/or for body- These are my favorite products because they are natural, blend in easily and contain Argan oil which is supposed to have amazing skin protection benefits. It works great under makeup and has replaced my daily face moisturizer which had a laundry list of ingredients and wasn't protecting my skin from the sun as well as this product does. (Find it on above links or here)

Elta MD UV Daily & UV Clear - It's lightweight, blends in beautifully and also works great under makeup. I like to use this for my face when I'm exercising because it allows my skin to breathe and doesn't turn my skin grey (titanium dioxide turns grey when mixed with sweat) as some products will do. (The UV Clear version works great for those with acne-prone skin) (Find it here or here)

Episencial Sunny Sunscreen - If you want something a bit cheaper, this sunscreen works well on your entire body for both you and your kids. It goes on smooth, takes little effort to rub in and does not leave a greasy, sticky feeling. I wouldn't use it daily as my face moisturizer as it's a bit thick and it did leave me with a grey-ish hue after running with it on but for everyday outdoor activities it works great. (Find it here or here.)

While I've seen a few cheaper natural sunscreens by big name brands at the stores lately, I haven't found any that have the same percent of protection that these offer nor do they blend in as well. Needless to say, my two little gals will be covered from head to toe in these sunscreens this summer. 

Hope you have a sunburn free summer!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fit Fridays - Treadmill Workout

We've still had a bit of rain around here so I've done a few workouts on the treadmill recently. I thought I'd share one of my favorite ones with you because it makes the time pass quickly while giving you a great workout at the same time. Whether walking or running, make sure you choose 3 increasing speeds that you can sustain throughout the workout. Below are the three speeds that I chose during my last workout based on my fitness at this time 7.5 (8min/mile), 8.0 (7:30min/mile), and 8.5 (7:03min/mile). 

Have a great workout!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ombre Inspiration

Ombre (meaning a gradual change in hues), has been everywhere this past year from fashion to beauty, homes to food. I think of it as a more sophisticated tye-dye look and it seems to be trending into 2012.

(source: purple flowers, blue dress, pink cake)

I love the subtle change in color which gives even the brightest of colors a calm, feminine look. And I knew it was only a matter of time before it hit fitness apparel. Add an ombre piece into your fitness wardrobe for a bit of inspiration and fun.

Here are two ombre fitness pieces I'm loving at the moment:

Nike Dip Dye Burnout T ($35) - I love the cut of this top and the length (long enough to cover your bum!). The ombre combined with the stripes gives this top a modern look that can easily translate from the gym to the coffee shop.

Ombre Foldover Waist Athletic Pants ($14.80) - This pant is a steal at less than fifteen dollars. While it isn't made of wicking material, it's still a great pant for yoga, pilates, etc. So snap this one up before it's gone!