I'm happy to introduce, our new makeup assistant, Shelly Dolan!!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I'm happy to introduce, our new makeup assistant, Shelly Dolan!!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Karin is one of our brides this season. A natural beauty, isn't she?!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
My name is Jane Ashley, MA, CNC, AADP, and I am a Certified Nutritional Counselor & Health Educator. I am excited to be here and would like to share some tips for you brides-to-be!
I know from my own wedding that I was pretty obsessed with not only creating the perfect day for myself and my guests, but also with how I was going to look and feel for my big day. Well, 10 years later and having worked with lots of women and from my own experience, I know that there are healthy and not-so-healthy ways of reaching that goal. I don’t know about you, but I love food, love to share meals with my family and friends, and love to cook, so I am not about deprivation at all! In fact, I help people make diet and lifestyle changes that are easy to sustain for your life—you will lose weight (and keep it off!), shape up and get energized! Most of us have ridden the yo-yo-dieting carnival ride most of our lives, so now is a chance for you to use your wedding as the springboard to LIFELONG, SUSTAINABLE good health through dietary excellence. On this blog, I will share tips and recipes that will help get you started on the road to optimal health.
Here are 5 tips that I share with the women I coach:
1. EAT 4-5 smaller meals/day. Eat until your tummy is full, but not OVER full. DO NOT starve yourself or skip meals. Food=Fuel. Like a car, we need to feed our bodies fuel to keep it running smoothly. If you don’t eat enough, your brain will keep looking for more food!
2. Fill up on fruits veggies, whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa, and beans. Start each meal with a salad (but leave out the fatty, oily dressings), then move on to the other stuff. You will feel full, ingest less calories and get MORE nutrients into your body.
3. Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday. We want to flush out the toxins and keep things moving through. Food that sits and sits will putrify and cause unpleasant bloating and other lovely side effects.
4. Minimize or eliminate animal foods and oils. You will save yourself LOTS of calories and artery-clogging fats. If you eat a varied diet with lots of plant-based foods, you WILL get enough protein into your body, as well as fiber, antioxidants, and all the vitamins you need. Don’t be scared of carbs - they are vital to your health and energy levels (except for refined carbs like junk food, processed foods, white flours, white bread etc.)
5. MOVE YOUR BODY! Walking, running, weights, biking—do something you enjoy, and do it for 30 minutes/day. Be sure to give yourself a day of rest in there, or you will exhaust yourself and not have efficient workouts. Alternate days between resistance training and cardio. Also fit in a yoga class every week— very good for mind and body wellness.
Here is a great recipe to try courtesy of my friend Vanessa at nevadawellnessforum.com
Asian Peanut Butter Noodles
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
3 tablespoons Tamari sauce
3 tablespoons peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 teaspoons hot chile paste (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 ounces whole wheat or brown rice noodles
1/4 cup green onion for garnish
1/4 cup chopped peanuts for garnish
Cook noodles according to directions. While the noodles are cooking, combine broth,
ginger, Tamari, peanut butter, agave nectar, chili paste, and garlic in a small saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until peanut butter melts and is heated through. Add noodles,
and stir until coated. Garnish with green onions and peanuts.
*You can add diced vegetables, edamame, or tofu to this dish
Try making this for your family or fiance - they will be very impressed!
Ladies, you CAN reach your health goals. I am here to support you and would like to offer you a free health & nutrition session by phone. Please call me at 203-824-5353 or email email@example.com to schedule. Stay tuned for my next entry where I will chare more info on getting lots of fruits and veggies into your bods and burning fat!
Peace & Veggies,
Jane’s passion is to help women create balance in body, mind and spirit. She helps women who struggle with stress, lack of energy and excess weight take action to reach optimal health through good nutrition. She loves to cook, run, teach cooking classes and runs monthly women’s groups called “Feed Your Soul—for Women on the GO.” She also runs corporate wellness workshops and participates in public speaking events. Jane offers women a personalized coaching program or group classes. Special rates apply for fans of Jennie Fresa :) Check out WellnessWithJane.com for more info!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Visual Clue #2
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I have a confession to make: I rarely take showers. That's right, I prefer a bath. For me, taking a bath is a daily ritual that helps me to unwind after a day of work. It's 10 minutes of alone time, time to clear my head and just be. I always feel so good afterward.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Your yoga is EVERYWHERE.
Yesterday, I was looking forward to my early evening class that I teach on Wednesdays (4:45 hot yoga @ Pure Studio in Branford) and looking forward to my personal practice (@ Balanced studio in New Haven @ 6:45). . After class, I get on the highway and there is Traffic galore! Did I tense up, swear, allow my self to become frustrated -or even entertain the 'woe is me' feeling of nothing goes right?
Heck no!! I got the message that my yoga lesson (class) was still happening, it just wasn't in the studio, as I originally hoped. I opted to breathe, listen to music, think + , affirm, bring my practice to this moment and quite literal "road block". It was 6 pm and I didn't get home or even off of the highway- until almost 8 pm (and this is New Haven, Ct. not LA). I didn't come home with an anger hangover, or even allow frustration & tension to enter my thoughts, heart or body. Sure, it wasn't exactly awesome, but it wasn't the end of the world either. I went with the flow and decided I would go for a run. It was a beautiful night and I practiced more yoga in that car, than I would have ever accomplished on any mat.
Maybe next time you hit a "road block" you can chalk it up as 'living' a little bit your yoga and recalibrate.
photo credit: thetravellingyogi.blog.com
Tracee Dolan is available for group or private instruction. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617.448.5593. It's summer'ish weather, so feel free to take any class outside :)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
We are so excited to be launching a new and unique concept here at the Beauty Library! Now, I can't tell you too much because I don't want to spoil the surprise but I thought it would be fun to drop a few hints throughout the planning.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Try using a chapstick with SPF for the area around your eyes as well as your lips. This is really helpful if you plan to sweat while riding a bike, running or playing any beach sports. You won't have to worry about sunscreen melting into your eyes and burning!!
Monday, June 14, 2010
How cool is this?!! Yes, pun intended!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Stacy and Mike's photo's were taken by the fabulous Miss Cheryl Cronin, who by the way also shot my very own wedding! The pics are just gorgeous.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Nestled under the 'umbrella' of the Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, how about some yoga, wellness & positive- thinking beach reads? I recommend the following well intentioned books for summer: (they are in order from 'light; to 'more light'-meaning more metaphysical-or more yoga centered.. my advice would be start at the top :)
Positively Energetic Reading:
- Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss (I recommend anything! by this author)
- Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach Ph.D
- A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
- Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater (the founder of restorative yoga)
- Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers (a great book on yin yoga)
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar (also subtitled as the 'bible' of yoga)
Tracee Dolan is available for group and private instruction, please contact email@example.com or phone 617.448.5593
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This weekend Kelly and I are packing our kaboodles and taking a little road trip! YeeeHaw!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
There's still room available at our Wedding Row Event tomorrow night! It's not too late to join the fun!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Have you all heard of Arbonne?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Practicing Yoga outside is the best! The fresh air, sun, birds, waves, even the drone of cars as they drive by are all perfect compliments. It's easy and free to start an outdoor yoga practice. All you need is 20 minutes or more. So, grab your mat, slather on some SPF and take it outside.
A basic flow would start in Mountain Pose (Tadasana): plant your feet on the mat or ground, palms face forward, inhale the crown of your head up towards the sky and exhale as you slide your shoulders down your back. Stand here and take it all in. As you fill this posture with your breath; release the frenetic thoughts of the day, tension or holding with each exhale- and with each inhale allow softness to fill every aspect of you & the pose. A few sun salutations, literally saluting the sun, some floor work and a few moments in svasanah (corpse pose or resting pose) and you have yourself an outdoor practice.
If you currently hold a 3 pack of private lessons with me feel free to take it outside. If you don't and would like to start an out door practice; grab some friends and we can put together some class times under a special summer-time donation rate. Outdoor yoga classes work best in the early AM (before noon) and Mid PM (4pm until sun-set) Namaste!
Tracee Dolan is available for group and private instruction. Please email or phone firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.448.5593 for more information.