Latte baby coat

latte baby coatSlowly but surely my time is freeing up for relaxing activities like very long walks and casting on fun new knitting projects. I’m tying up loose ends on my first cashmere baby yoke sweater, and just about to start the basket weave on the front of this adorable latte baby coat. The coat is for Leo…Carrie’s little wee one. It will be perfect as the Minnesota fall weather settles in.

I used the Cascade Ecological Wool suggested in the pattern…Carrie picked out latte ecru twist color and it is lovely. Now I just need to find some fun buttons. Any suggestions?

Knitting warms my heart, tickles my soul.

xoxo Dina

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My mum does SoulCycle.

TayeYep. Mum, Nik and I rocked it out in our first SoulCycle spin class in NYC last week.

Excuse moi, but…holy shit! It was intense. Taye (above) was our instructor. Great moves, tunes and energy. What an experience. Nik and I were so impressed with mum…her first ever spin class.

I want to design tanks for mum and Nik this holiday season: “My mum does SoulCycle.” Ha.

Apparently Equinox bought out SoulCycle. Maybe they will start popping up in the midwest. (Please, please, please.)

I’ve been streaming some pumpin’ SoulCycle tunes via Spotify and wishing for more. If you like to sweat, I highly suggest adding a class to your list when you visit a city with studios.

xoxo Dina

P.S. Mum sported these cute cycling shorts from Sweaty Betty…on my wish list too.

{Image courtesy of SoulCycle.}

Family album: NYC

IMG_4973Mum, Nikki and I just returned from a long weekend in New York City. The impetus for the trip was the celebration of mum’s 60th birthday this fall.

Our mum is sixty years young and our NYC family album will prove it. There is no way that I can capture some of the highlights I would like to share with you in one post so I am going to spread them out over the course of this week.

The selfie (or is it groupie?) pic above was taken on Friday morning at the Today Show. We had fan passes to the Carly Rae Jepsen show outside on the plaza. I was pleasantly surprised by her performance and it was fun to see the Today Show sorta behind the scenes. We had to be in Rockefeller Center by 5:00 that morning. Wild, but despite a pretty dark forecast the weather was awesome and the entire experience was pretty cool. Carly performed three songs and it was fun to receive texts from our husbands every time they saw us on television.

We also collected lots of swag for the kids…how cute is Nikki? Love her.

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I think mum wished for more face time with Matt Lauer…maybe next time. ;)

xoxo Dina

ALOHA

11061324_961468540572819_1402184986940090690_oAlas, I write a post! Between finishing up at the office, studying like mad, and taking care of a few personal things in preparation for something pretty exciting (stay tuned), I am finally getting a grip. And as soon as the grip takes hold, I fly off to NYC with my mum and sister! What a fun summer.

Despite all the wildness Mike and I have not forgotten to take care of ourselves. Yoga nearly every morning on our rock, noon trail runs and swims, and nourishment like never before. The CSA has been a heavenly discovery and then we added ALOHA to our daily mix. Have you heard of it?

Several months ago I ordered a free trial of their Daily Good Greens sample pack. I added them to smoothies and it seemed pretty good, but not that much different than the green goodness I can pick up at the co-op. However, the past month I spent more time on their website and recently decided to place another order when a great discount promotion came across my inbox. Last week the Vanilla Protein Powder and Superfood Smoothie Kit arrived. I have tried so many types of proteins (whey, hemp, soy…) and nothing has tasted this good. I love that it is plant based and I was surprised by the generous amount of powder in each tin. (It looks like you can order a free trial of the protein powders today.)

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We’ve mostly been whipping up the Vanilla Tahini Smoothie. It’s decadent. And I plan to bake these tomorrow (substituting zucchini for bananas since we have so much from our CSA.)

In addition to all the recipes, I’ve really enjoyed the magazine and contributions from experts related to myriad lifestyle topics. Even Esther is contributing! (Love her.)

What more can I say? I’m jamming on ALOHA. I wish that I could hand deliver a vanilla tahini smoothie to each and every one of you tomorrow morning.  xo

xoxo Dina

{Images courtesy of ALOHA.}

The secret to soft skin

5c65096a0996d4b151d5979e8bc4ee12E X F O L I A T E !

E X F O L I A T E !

E X F O L I A T E !

I suppose I could be referencing brilliant dermatologists and famous facialists, but my thirty-seven years of body pampering has taught me a thing or two.

Caveat: Obviously care depends on the type of skin you have (i.e. dry, sensitive), but I will share what has worked for normal/combination. And honestly I think exfoliating works for all skin…just vary the frequency and pressure as it works for you.

The body…

For a majority of my years I’ve had pretty healthy skin except for little bumps on my chest and back. It wasn’t exactly acne, but tiny bumps that didn’t look or feel very attractive. I always attributed it to my sports bras and sweat as I workout a lot. I tried everything from derm lotions to Italian clay, but it wasn’t until I purchased the fuzz brush things started looking up. Honestly, since I’ve been using the brush daily my skin is smooth. I pair it with Dr. Bronners. Simple, inexpensive, rejuvinating and natural. Check! (I found my fuzz brush at the Co-op, but you can also find them online.)

The face…

I attribute a healthy complexion to plenty of water, healthy fats, no fake-stuff (i.e. soda, high processed foods), and mild exfoliation. Since junior high I’ve used a buff puff with my cleanser (creature of habit), but the past few years I’ve been using Bobbi Brown’s buffing grains. BB is a bit of a splurge, but they make my face even more smooth and supple. The puff works great though…again, the key is to exfoliate…scrub those dead skin cells!

Additional tid-bits…

I have never went to bed without cleansing and moisturizing. Ever. I think this is so important. Right now I am mostly using Bobbi Brown’s cleansing oil, but I will use this or that when I’m traveling or camping. I follow the cleanse with philosophy’s help me and Estee Lauder’s Advanced Eye Night Repair Creme. (I have been using this one since high school too. I seriously notice a difference in the morning if I haven’t used it.) The nightly routine ends with this on my pout. I can’t go to bed without it.

I also believe that what you eat and drink impacts your skin tremendously. Eat real, nourishing, wholesome and vibrant foods and your skin will emulate that. I also think that massaging your face daily makes it alive. Do the same when you shampoo and condition your hair…when you exfoliate your body. The penetration awakens the senses and makes your skin and hair alive…happy.

I could go on and on, but I will save for future posts. If you have any special secrets please share. Spread the beauty!

Oh my gosh, I almost forgot: Do not forget your neck!

Hugs,

xoxo Dina

P.S. This book is on order. I’ll let you know what I learn. Smooch! ;)

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