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Burn, Baby, Burn

6 Sep

Last week I tried my first Brooklyn Body Burn class.  O.M.G. Now I know why it was dubbed “Pilates on crack.” The class itself is challenging, you’re shaking, sweating but definitely feeling it in the right hard to target areas (are you scared?! don’t worry it’s nothing you can’t handle).  The next day and the following 4 days, I was hurtin’.  That says A LOT.  I go running regularly in addition to  going to the gym, attending full body conditioning classes, boot camps you name it.  So for me to be THAT sore for that length of time, tells me this is serious.  It’s not the cheapest class but you know what, the way I look at it, it’s an investment in your body and you only got one.

The great thing about this class is that it was created by a classically trained ballet dancer, Tracy Karlinsky.  Which is why I love it so much.  Especially as a runner, I need a workout that is going to lengthen and strengthen the muscles that I don’t activate while running.  The workout targets your arms, abs, and every inch of the booty.  If you live in Williamsburg and are looking for a challenging workout to tone and tighten, THIS IS IT!  I can’t wait to see the results from after a month! I’m hooked! Heading back for more burn tomorrow morning.

If you want more information you can check out their website and watch their video here www.brooklynbodyburn.com

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image via guestofaguest.com (not me but I’m hoping for those arms!)

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image via guestofaguest.com

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Our UK Trip P. Deux

26 Jun

After our stay in London, it was time to pack up and drive towards Cornwall for the wedding.  We headed south to Calne to visit an old friend of my dad’s whom I hadn’t seen since that first picture you saw in P.1.  When I was a kid I totally thought he sounded like a pirate!  It was DEFINITELY worth the stop.  We got to drive through the back roads off the main highway and see the country.  The colors were INSANE.  All that rain, makes for a gorgeous landscape.

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Thatched roof buildings

We really wanted a typical British pub lunch. JR took us to this amazing place, the Bridge Inn in Horton….I mean….definitely not in Brooklyn anymore! We had really good food, the people were incredibly hospitable and we had a great time catching up.  Thanks John! If you want to check this place out, here’s the link to their website http://www.thebridgeinnathorton.co.uk

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The Bridge Inn, Devizes, England

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The sun decided to finally come out this day! Chilly, but sunny! I’ll take it.

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Their beautiful back garden

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The ever fabulous JR! Thank you for the hospitality and yummy pub lunch!

Once again, sadly, we had to continue on.  We had VERY important business to take care of.  Onward we continued, without a map, without “sat nav” only JR’s instructions and me praying Mike would remember the way.

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Hi cows!

Finally, we made it to Mecca.  Mike has had me watching every show, history channel EVERYTHING on (drumroll please) THE ROCKS! aka Stonehenge.

I cannot state how big of a deal this was.  Mike being from Liverpool, has never once in his life visited Stonehenge so  this was a must on our way to Cornwall.  BEHOLD!

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This will be Mike’s new album cover

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It’s a bit “ruiny” it but will be nice when it’s finished.

We got some ice cream and headed south west to Cornwall.

 WEDDING TIME

The whole reason we were taking this trip was to celebrate Mike’s cousin Graeme getting married.  We finally made it to our hotel, the Wheal Tor.  Although the weather was very unpredictable, we did get to see the view on the day of the wedding.  I forgot to take a picture so I’m borrowing this one from their Facebook page.  This is the exact view we got, it was breath-taking. Freezing, but breathtaking.

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The best part was all the animals they had! They had chickens, pigs, guinea fowl and a pet lamb! The breakfasts they cook are locally sourced and their eggs and meat come from their animals.

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Petting pigs!

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the lamb that thought he was doggie

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The morning of the wedding we decided to check out the nearest town. Looe! Yes, it’s really called Looe.  Although the morning started off with a downpour, LUCKILY, it decided to clear up and we had a great time with Mike’s brother and his family discovering this gorgeous town! We ate pasties, clotted cream, clotted cream fudge and tea! (everything naughty)

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Mike and his nephew, Alex

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This building is from the 17th Century!

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What was once a jail….

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Some local Looe fashion

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I guess boys will always be boys 😉 Mike and his brother messing with a giant piece of seaweed…….

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And of course, Cornish goodies!

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It was then time to get ready for the wedding.  The Bride, Corrine couldn’t have picked a more beautiful venue.  It was held at The Green in Cornwall.  You should definitely check out their website if you’re planning a visit.  Their cottages were divine! A perfect Cornish getaway. Thank you to both families for allowing us to share your day!

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Just Hitched! Mike’s cousin the groom

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The back of the brides beautiful dress-loved that it was NOT strapless 😉

Signing the documents, the gorgeous couple!

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Mike’s mum, Lynda and his Auntie Hillary

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Mike and his cousins, the Groom’s brothers

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The Bride’s bouquet

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Table settings of various tea sets sourced from around England

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Proud new parents! Mike’s nephew Tom and his girlfriend Helen

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Love is in the air! Mike’s Uncle Allen and his Auntie Hillary

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Mike’s mum Lynda, made the GORGEOUS cake!

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The happy couple

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On the right, cousin   nephew Alex, brother Andy

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FIN

After a fun eve of dancing, drinks, and celebrating love the party sadly, must come to an end.  Mike snapped this great shot the day after and I think it’s a great image to end it on.  We had a great time traveling around London and traveling to Cornwall then onto Devon. Thank you to the bride and groom and both families for having us and allowing us to help celebrate your special day.  Have fun in Bali!!!! xoxo

Hilary Park-Divination Spring 2012 Collection

2 Feb

This has been a crazy week and it’s not even Fashion Week / Campaign season yet!

I really wanted to have the time to sit and write this post, as I’m really excited to share it. Last Saturday I had the chance to go see Hilary Park’s new Spring 2012 Collection “Divination” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  She showcased the collection in her store/workspace and it is gorgeous! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the hood.

94 S 1st St (between Wythe Ave & Berry St)

Hilary Park

 

I had a chance to speak with Hilary about her collection and learn a bit about her journey on becoming a jewelry designer/goldsmith.  Her story is like many, working a corporate job with financial security but your soul hungers for more.  After 13 years of working on Wall Street, losing her job in 2008, she decided to turn her passion into her career (I really admire this quality in people).

When I asked her what drew her to the goldsmith profession in particular, she stated,  “I’m a fire sign, I like working with fire and heat” (as most of us know, there are four classic elements which make up the nature of the universe: earth, water, fire and air).  In addition to her handcrafted jewelry, Hilary offers Indian astrology readings and direction on the power of certain stones to help alleviate afflictions in your life whether it’s career, love or money.  As a result, this other passion reveals itself in her designs.  I could literally sit and talk to her for hours and pick her brain on her thoughts about my sign but I will have to return for that session.   She realizes not everyone believes “in the power of stones” but invites her clients to try them because although she can’t say “…why they work, THEY WORK.”  Honey, I’ll wear any rock that invites positivity and money (nyc livin’ ain’t cheap!).

Her designs are based on nature, travel and of course, the zodiac system.  Although most of the jewelry you see is in silver, she will create any piece in gold and welcomes custom designs.  I was especially drawn to the intricate cuffs hand-fabricated from a single sheet of metal!

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I want to show more images but I don’t want to spoil all the fun! Check out her website to learn more about Hilary and her fabulous jewelry.  They are conversation starters and pieces you will have in your collection for life.  Plus, the benefit of possible amour, money, protection or whatever your heart desires is a definite INEEDITNOW moment.  Don’t forget to spread the word to your fellow jewelry lover friends! Who doesn’t love a bit of karma?

My Fav Prezzie

27 Dec

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone got everything they wanted and ate to your heart’s content.  I know I did, so that means I will be starting my juice cleanse and amp up the workout regime starting tomorrow.

The previous post was about the knuckle rings from this super great store in Brooklyn called Catbird on Bedford Ave. My boyfriend definitely listened to my hint got me the knuckle ring and two threadbare rings the I LOVE.  I chose the gold color since that seems to fare the best with my skin tone.

How cute do they look?

I am also a huge fan of this nail color.  In case you are wondering what color it is..it is the perfect matte (I added a clear shine overcoat) red color by Deborah Lippmann called “It’s raining men.”  I swear nail polish companies come up with the best names.

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Finally, here is moi with the great gift giver himself.

Wearing my favorite Merah earrings "The Sarah"

What was your favorite gift this Christmas?  Happy Holidays!!!!!!

xoxo, Miss Smalls

Great Gift Idea…Knuckle Rings

8 Dec

I am loving these knuckle rings! What a cute gift idea for someone or of course gift for yourself.

They come in gold, silver and rose gold. Catbird is such a great store for cute gifts but if you don’t have the ability to get yourself to Brooklyn, you luckily can order online.  You can visit their site here https://catbirdnyc.com/

Image from catbirdnyc.com

Rose Gold $58.00 (image from catbirdnyc.com)

Gold $58.00 (image from catbirdnyc.com)

Silver $28.00 (image from catbirdnyc.com)

 

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