Living Better

Forward-moving

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As the earth rotated around the sun on March 20th, the Spring Equinox marked the transition to a new season and the very welcoming equal balance of daylight and darkness. The seasonal shift invokes hope and a change in habits: fresh perspective, new rituals, a clean slate.

Speaking of new rituals, this week we’re incorporating outdoor walking into the weekly schedule. Walking (fast) in the fresh air is great for feeling strong, alive, connected, and forward-moving. I’ve been walking several times per week for the past couple of weeks and it’s been a real game changer in the way I feel, both mentally and physically.

Get inspired and make a playlist with your favorite music (or use ours) and keep proper walking form in mind: Stand tall, eyes forward, strike with the heel, roll through the foot, push off the toes, and squeeze the glutes.

ACTIVATION: HARAMARA, SAYULITA

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It’s almost Activation time and we cannot wait to surf, spend time in the sun, and work with Lauren IRL at Haramara, Sayulita! Activation is: life-changing, a girl-cation, a time-out, a tone-up, a tune-in, and a time to be in your body. One thing we all agree on is that the results are profound.

We have two rooms available which can be single ($3450) or double ($2490) occupancy. Grab your girls and join us!

LIVING BETTER: LINNY GIFFIN

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Your overwhelming response from International Women’s Day has inspired us to look within our community and recognize some insanely talented Studio LB members here on the blog. First up, we wanted to share a recent Q & A with Linny Giffin, a Studio LB member and multidisciplinary artist living and working in Washington, D.C. Seeing her creativity and and ability to balance form and function in her space, we needed to know more about what drives Linny in her work, her home and her health.

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Can you tell us about your work as a fiber artist and about The Lemon Collective?

As a fiber artist, I do a lot of work with embroidery, weaving, quilting and soft sculpture. I've translated the medium to large scale installation art, creating bespoke pieces for restaurants and homes in D.C. and beyond. Last year I created a loom on the storefront of my studio and wove flowers through it, I called in the Living Loom.  

In 2015, I co-founded The Lemon Collective with two other D.C.-based artists. It originally started as an art studio for us, but quickly morphed into much more. Now, it is more of a brand and creative community that celebrates artists across a range of mediums in a city where creativity isn't always a priority. Our brick and mortar hosts workshops and other events, providing a space for small business owners to exhibit their expertise in anything from jewelry making and flower arranging to embroidery and business development. We're building an online community that connects artists and celebrates the importance of creativity. 

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You live and work in a 350 square foot space in Washington, D.C. In what ways do you find this space limiting or liberating?

Of course, living and working in a 350 square foot apartment is extremely limiting. However, just by opening up the door to my fire escape, I feel a part of the city. The view is amazing and I live on the best street in D.C., there are cafes, restaurants, shops and an independent movie theater right outside my front door. Plus, the small space allowed me to design the apartment very intentionally so no square foot was left neglected. I think that makes the apartment feel liberating.

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Do you practice Studio LB at home or elsewhere?

I practice at home! I just roll out my mat in the middle of my living room floor. One of the many things I love about Studio LB is it doesn't require equipment and I can do it anywhere even my tiny apartment. 

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Linny is currently working on an outdoor installation series around D.C. and Northern Virginia, and you can find her on instagram at @linnyfriend and online at https://www.linnyinc.com. To sign up for the Lemon Collective’s monthly newsletter for news and goings-on in the art world, visit  https://www.wearethelemoncollective.com.

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Photography by Laura Metzler

International Women's Day

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Today I am excited to celebrate YOU and all of the other kickass women that make this world a better place. I am so grateful to be doing what I love with all of you strong, inspiring women from all corners of the world. Your strength, determination, beauty, intelligence, and talent inspire me on a daily basis. I love that we are here to support and empower each other to be the best version of ourselves. Thank you for letting me part of your journey, and in turn for being a huge part of mine!

The purpose of International Women's Day is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. Considering our ever-growing community of members to Studio LB, I can't help but be inspired by IWD's celebration of unity, reflection, advocacy and action.

When I consider the intention of International Women's Day, something that really resonates was when I first learned about feminism. As a young woman, the word feminist held negative connotations, and I think it does for many. When I originally heard a high school friend identify as a Feminist with a capital F, I envisioned her as a one-dimensional bra-burning and man-hating figure, but quickly learned that was a pretty outdated and narrow minded notion. When you actually check out the definition in Merriam Webster, feminism is described as this–

1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

2: organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

Those are both definitions I can strongly get behind. My friend identifying as a feminist really reframed how I thought about identifying as one myself then, as I do to this day. Since International Women’s Day is about showcasing a commitment to women’s equality and celebrating women’s achievements, feminism is intrinsically linked in my mind. Basically, feminist is not a dirty word and it's a label I embrace wholeheartedly.

As you all know, I believe prioritizing health is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for everyone else in our life.  My goal for Studio LB has always been to give as many women as possible a chance to put their health first. So to celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to share Studio LB with as many woman as possible. If you’re a member and you know a kickass woman who isn’t a member and would benefit from Studio LB we’ll send them one complimentary month! Email hello@laurenboggi.com on March 8th with your friend’s name and email address and we’ll send a one-month membership her way!

Xx, Lauren

CURIE DEODORANT

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I'm one of the lucky few that doesn't have to wear deodorant, but if I did I would want something natural that works as hard as I do, and I wouldn't want to smell like a pine tree. 

A friend of a friend told me about Curie and I passed it along to Katie so that she could put it to the two+ STUDIO LB workouts a day in LA test. Katie loves that it's natural, contains no aluminum, smells great, and held up after two very intense STUDIO LB workouts.

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Curie was founded in San Francisco by Sarah Moret. As a marathon runner with a demanding career in venture capital, she needed a natural deodorant that could keep up with her active lifestyle and couldn't find one. She spent almost a year developing the formula and launched Curie in April 2018.  Curie is an aluminum-free, natural deodorant made with simple ingredients that your body understands, like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and baking soda...and it works! Curie's signature white tea scent is light, fresh and feminine and smells heavenly :) 

I love that the brand’s name pays homage to French physicist and chemist Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and the first and only woman to win twice. She was a badass that broke barriers. Curie comes in regular, mini (temporarily sold out) and sensitive skin formulas.

i/k 

MOVING THE NEGATIVE

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Last week I started a little weekly column here called LIVING BETTER, where I'll share ways to help you stay inspired to live better, and healthier. 

Today I want to talk about using movement to break negative patterns and shift your mindset. The quickest and easiest way to upgrade your mood is to move.  You can literally move the negative out of your mind and body, because movement can chemically change how you feel.  Emotion is enhanced by motion, and movement can make you feel sexy, strong, beautiful and empowered (especially CCS).

How many times have you gotten up in the morning, sat up in bed and decided right then and there that you were in a bad mood, were totally unmotivated to do anything, or go anywhere, let alone workout.  It happens to all of us.  Just last week I had the worst PMS and I was procrastinating and angry at the world.  I don't think that I moved much for two days straight and then I went for a short walk, and momentum took over.  Later that same day I shot a full length Studio LB workout and felt 100% better. 

Breaking a negative pattern can be easy.  Here are three tips to help you take action and move the negative in a more positive direction: 

1. Movement Creates Movement.  When we're feeling negative or down, certain tasks seem impossible, right?  We tend to put things off (unloading the dishwasher, a 50-min. Studio LB workout), but if we just get started by taking that first step, it will have a snowball effect. Movement creates movement, and everything will fall into place.  

2. Motion Enhances Emotion.  On those days where you don’t feel like doing anything, try a short walk or one of my Quick-Burn workouts.  You can drastically change your mood and your mindset in just a few minutes.  

3. Call A Friend.  If you are feeling stuck, uninspired, you need an accountability partner (this is not a workout buddy)!  An accountability partner is someone that is depending on you as much as you are depending on them.  Who is your accountability partner?  It doesn't have to be in-person to be effective, it can be via phone, email, DM, FB group, or text!