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The 5 Doctors You Need to See Before Your Wedding Day

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Nov 122016
 
Doctors to See Before Your Wedding

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When you're getting close to the end of your pre-wedding to-do list and you find yourself wondering what else you should do before its time to walk down the aisle, you may want to consider heading to a few of your favorite (or not so favorite) doctors. Even if you're feeling as good as could be, seeing your doctors for check-ups and even pre-wedding advice, might be a good way to feel even more healthy and anxiety-free before the big day comes around. Here are the five doctors you could consider booking an appointment with before your wedding day.

1. Dermatologist
If you're wondering what you can do to get your skin looking good before the wedding, book an appointment with your dermatologist who may be able to set you up with a proper pre-wedding regime. They may even be able to give you a quick fix for any day-of breakouts.

2. Allergist
If your wedding is mid-allergy season or even outdoors, head to your allergist for a game plan of how to get through the day without coughing and sneezing.

3. Gynecologist
If you're planning on changing your contraceptive method when you get married, whether that means going on the pill or off the bill, or trying something new, it may be a good idea to visit your gynecologist and talk through this with them.

4. Dentist
Visiting your dentist should be a top priority, whether it's for a routine cleaning or for a teeth-whitening appointment. You may need dental work that could take a couple of appointments to do, so book this appointment as early as you can.

See More: BRIDES' 30-Day Wedding Shape-Up Challenge

5. General Practitioner
You may also want to consider adding a General Practitioner to the top of your list to talk about any health concerns or questions that you have. You can also consult with them about any specialists you'd like to see before your wedding.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

The Wedding Beauty Secrets These Health Experts Swear By

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Nov 092016
 



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It's true that your wedding day beauty starts from the inside out. Eating, and drinking, right is the first step in achieving that coveted bridal glow. And that's where Sakara Life — the plant-based meal delivery service with a cult like following — comes in.

If anyone can convince you to drink Sakara Beauty Water (aptly named; it tastes like roses), it's the preternaturally radiant creators themselves, Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise. The friends started the meal delivery service in 2012 after stressful hours on Wall Street (Tingle) and a slew of unsuccessful fad diets (DuBoise) left them dull and lackluster. Fast forward five years, and not only have they gained a celeb following that includes heavy hitters like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow, but they've also gotten engaged in the process. On the heels of DuBoise's wedding, and in the throws of Tingle planning her own, the girls share their bridal beauty secrets.

1. First and foremost, do you. "I wore a custom Wendy Nichol slip dress, duster, and choker—very me," says DuBoise, who had an intimate dinner to celebrate her City Hall wedding. She let her hair air dry with macadamia oil on the ends to prevent frizz, and stuck to her favorite tried-and-true makeup: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis ($28), W3LL People Expressionist Mascara ($22), and Universalist Multi-Stick Luminous ($24), a brand she loves for its clean, organic ingredients.

2. A healthy body can be your best accessory. "I always told myself I'd be in the best shape of my life for my wedding," Tingle says. "I'm using a new company in New York City, wellns.com, that lets you select a personal trainer who resonates with your workout style. Mine has a background in Pilates and Physique 57 and comes to my house before work. I'd rather spend the money on getting fit than on an expensive dress, because when you feel sexy in your body, anything looks good on you."

See more: 25 Boutique Fitness Studios to Kick Off Your Wedding Workout

The beauty gurus gave us a couple of their favorite recipes. Read on for some of Sakara Life's top rated.

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Spicy Citrus Detox Salad: Key Ingredients Grapefruit: Contains Vit C to support the production of collagen for bright, even, youthful skin. Also boosts immunity. Dandelion Greens, Arugula + Raddicchio: Bitter greens are extremely functional and nutrient dense. They cleanse the liver and stimulate the production of enzymes that facilitate digestion. Turmeric + Cayenne: These cleansing spices reduce inflammation in the body and rev the metabolism. Beets: Contain antioxidant betalain pigments to protect cells against free-radical damage and fend off signs of aging.



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Cleansing Watermelon + Cucumber Gazpacho (Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, quartered
5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 English cucumber, chopped
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 Serrano chili, seeded
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 to 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 cup hemp seeds
Pepper and Himalayan salt
Handful basil leaves

DIRECTIONS
1. In a blender, puree tomatoes, watermelon and oil until smooth.
2. Add cucumber, chili, garlic and vinegar to taste; blend until smooth.
3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to 2 days).
4. Divide soup among four bowls, top with remaining watermelon slices, sprinkle with hemp seeds and drizzle with remaining oil. Finish off with basil leaves. Enjoy!

10 Foods You Might Want to Cut Out the Week Before Your Wedding

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Nov 082016
 
10 foods you should avoid before the wedding.

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We're all about eating healthfully. But it turns out, what you don't put into your body in the weeks before your wedding is just as important as what you do. According to our experts, here are 10 foods you should avoid before the big day.

1. Your Olivia Pope-sized glass of wine (or any other alcoholic beverage).
According to health coach and founder of Brideance Emma-Louise Parkes, a glass of wine might seem like the perfect way to unwind after wedding planning. But while that glass (or two) will calm your nerves, it could also keep you up at night. "Good sleep equals cell repair and lower cortisol levels," which give you beautiful skin and control your stress levels, respectively, "so switch out that vino for a non-alcoholic drink," Parkes recommends.

2. Your sushi, with a side of soy sauce.
Sushi and perhaps more importantly, the soy sauce we dip it into, is "incredibly bloating," according to celebrity chef and weight-loss coach Devin Alexander. If you can give up those little rolls of heaven and say no to soy sauce, "you can lose a bit of tummy poof and possibly even under eye puffiness," she says. Tuna is another fishy no-no. It has enough sodium to make you seriously bloat, too, so you'll want to skip it in the days before the wedding.

3. Your morning cup of coffee.
According to Jennifer Dene, celebrity personal trainer and founder of Mind Body Bride, "caffeine is a stimulant that adds fuel to the fire on frazzled bridal nerves. It increases the amount of stress hormone cortisol in the body, and actually elevates your perception of stress, so all those last minute tasks become even more stressful." Of course, caffeine is found in more than coffee — you'll find it in tea, soda, and even chocolate — so you'll need to skip more than your morning cup of Joe if you want to go completely caffeine-free. "For most brides, consuming some caffeine is OK, but if they're experiencing a lot of stress, they might consider cutting back," says Dene.

4. Your go-to morning cereal.
There's no doubt that a bowl of Cheerios is the easiest breakfast around, especially for a busy bride. But, says Parkes, "cereal just isn't efficient at keeping you full until lunchtime. The high carbohydrate content means your body will release insulin to pull all that extra sugar from your blood, and a few hours later you'll experience that sugar crash that sends you rushing for a mid-morning snack." Instead, reach for high-protein foods that will keep you fuller for longer, such as eggs or Greek yogurt.

See More: Eat and Drink Your Way to Glowing Wedding-Day Skin

5. Your pre-packaged deli-meat.
Deli meats, such as turkey, chicken, and roast beef, "are insanely high in sodium — even the low sodium varieties," says Alexander. That doesn't mean you can't pack a sandwich for a quick and easy lunch. But Alexander recommends sticking to deli meats that are sliced from freshly-cooked and un-brined meats. In other words, she says, "cook a turkey breast roast or grill a London broil yourself, then slice it down to use as deli meat."

6. Your afternoon snack of raw carrots.
It seems counterintuitive to tell you to stop eating something that's so healthy. Dene knows it. "This suggestion may be a little surprising, but the reality is that the body has to work really hard to break down and digest raw vegetables, which is putting her body under even more stress," she explains. "The fiber in raw veggies can also cause a bloated belly in anyone with a weak digestive system. The exception here is water-based vegetables, such as zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and tomato." So swap out your raw veggies for steamed or baked varieties of greens, carrots, and beets.

7. Your post-gym smoothie.
After a workout, who doesn't like a refreshing fruit smoothie (hopefully packed with a little protein). But while smoothies and fruit juices seem like a healthy choice when compared with soda, they're lacking the essential fiber your body needs to digest, as Parkes explains. "Consisting of pure sugar, you're getting all the calories without any substance to tell your brain 'I'm full,' which means you're much more likely to over-eat later in the day," she sys. Switch to plain ol' water, and your body will thank you.

8. Your side of broccoli.
Broccoli is in the family of cruciferous vegetables. (So are cauliflower, cabbage, and onions.) And they're all "wonderful foods to eat," Dene says, "but just not in the days before the wedding. Cruciferous veggies contain chemical compounds that can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach cramps. And poorly digested food of any kind can also lead to bad breath, so it's just best to leave them out." Instead, you can opt for vegetables that have high-water content, such as zucchini, lettuce, and asparagus.

9. Your whole-wheat spaghetti.
Yes, you're making a good choice by eating whole grains. But, Parkes says, "wheat is the cause of the famous post-pasta belly, wheat is hard to digest even for those who aren't intolerant or sensitive to it." Why? As she explains, "the way high-carb foods such as wheat are digested causes the body to retain more water than eating protein or fat does, meaning potential puffiness everywhere from your face to your ankles in addition to that tummy bloat." And you don't want that in the weeks leading up to your wedding. So, she says, "substitute pasta, pizza and bread with extra helpings of fresh vegetables. Brides can see almost immediate results from this simple switch."

10. Your sauce and salad dressing.
According to Dene, "Most supermarket and restaurant sauces and salad dressings are made with lots of sugar and salt — that's what makes them tasty. But these hidden ingredients can lead to bloating, water retention, dehydration, and pack a lot of extra calories into an otherwise healthy meal." If you've made a sauce or dressing yourself, it's probably safe to eat. Otherwise, use olive oil, sliced tomatoes, or even lemon to flavor your pastas and salads.

10 Foods You Might Want to Cut Out the Week Before Your Wedding

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Nov 082016
 
10 foods you should avoid before the wedding.

Photo: Getty Images

We're all about eating healthfully. But it turns out, what you don't put into your body in the weeks before your wedding is just as important as what you do. According to our experts, here are 10 foods you should avoid before the big day.

1. Your Olivia Pope-sized glass of wine (or any other alcoholic beverage).
According to health coach and founder of Brideance Emma-Louise Parkes, a glass of wine might seem like the perfect way to unwind after wedding planning. But while that glass (or two) will calm your nerves, it could also keep you up at night. "Good sleep equals cell repair and lower cortisol levels," which give you beautiful skin and control your stress levels, respectively, "so switch out that vino for a non-alcoholic drink," Parkes recommends.

2. Your sushi, with a side of soy sauce.
Sushi and perhaps more importantly, the soy sauce we dip it into, is "incredibly bloating," according to celebrity chef and weight-loss coach Devin Alexander. If you can give up those little rolls of heaven and say no to soy sauce, "you can lose a bit of tummy poof and possibly even under eye puffiness," she says. Tuna is another fishy no-no. It has enough sodium to make you seriously bloat, too, so you'll want to skip it in the days before the wedding.

3. Your morning cup of coffee.
According to Jennifer Dene, celebrity personal trainer and founder of Mind Body Bride, "caffeine is a stimulant that adds fuel to the fire on frazzled bridal nerves. It increases the amount of stress hormone cortisol in the body, and actually elevates your perception of stress, so all those last minute tasks become even more stressful." Of course, caffeine is found in more than coffee — you'll find it in tea, soda, and even chocolate — so you'll need to skip more than your morning cup of Joe if you want to go completely caffeine-free. "For most brides, consuming some caffeine is OK, but if they're experiencing a lot of stress, they might consider cutting back," says Dene.

4. Your go-to morning cereal.
There's no doubt that a bowl of Cheerios is the easiest breakfast around, especially for a busy bride. But, says Parkes, "cereal just isn't efficient at keeping you full until lunchtime. The high carbohydrate content means your body will release insulin to pull all that extra sugar from your blood, and a few hours later you'll experience that sugar crash that sends you rushing for a mid-morning snack." Instead, reach for high-protein foods that will keep you fuller for longer, such as eggs or Greek yogurt.

See More: Eat and Drink Your Way to Glowing Wedding-Day Skin

5. Your pre-packaged deli-meat.
Deli meats, such as turkey, chicken, and roast beef, "are insanely high in sodium — even the low sodium varieties," says Alexander. That doesn't mean you can't pack a sandwich for a quick and easy lunch. But Alexander recommends sticking to deli meats that are sliced from freshly-cooked and un-brined meats. In other words, she says, "cook a turkey breast roast or grill a London broil yourself, then slice it down to use as deli meat."

6. Your afternoon snack of raw carrots.
It seems counterintuitive to tell you to stop eating something that's so healthy. Dene knows it. "This suggestion may be a little surprising, but the reality is that the body has to work really hard to break down and digest raw vegetables, which is putting her body under even more stress," she explains. "The fiber in raw veggies can also cause a bloated belly in anyone with a weak digestive system. The exception here is water-based vegetables, such as zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and tomato." So swap out your raw veggies for steamed or baked varieties of greens, carrots, and beets.

7. Your post-gym smoothie.
After a workout, who doesn't like a refreshing fruit smoothie (hopefully packed with a little protein). But while smoothies and fruit juices seem like a healthy choice when compared with soda, they're lacking the essential fiber your body needs to digest, as Parkes explains. "Consisting of pure sugar, you're getting all the calories without any substance to tell your brain 'I'm full,' which means you're much more likely to over-eat later in the day," she sys. Switch to plain ol' water, and your body will thank you.

8. Your side of broccoli.
Broccoli is in the family of cruciferous vegetables. (So are cauliflower, cabbage, and onions.) And they're all "wonderful foods to eat," Dene says, "but just not in the days before the wedding. Cruciferous veggies contain chemical compounds that can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach cramps. And poorly digested food of any kind can also lead to bad breath, so it's just best to leave them out." Instead, you can opt for vegetables that have high-water content, such as zucchini, lettuce, and asparagus.

9. Your whole-wheat spaghetti.
Yes, you're making a good choice by eating whole grains. But, Parkes says, "wheat is the cause of the famous post-pasta belly, wheat is hard to digest even for those who aren't intolerant or sensitive to it." Why? As she explains, "the way high-carb foods such as wheat are digested causes the body to retain more water than eating protein or fat does, meaning potential puffiness everywhere from your face to your ankles in addition to that tummy bloat." And you don't want that in the weeks leading up to your wedding. So, she says, "substitute pasta, pizza and bread with extra helpings of fresh vegetables. Brides can see almost immediate results from this simple switch."

10. Your sauce and salad dressing.
According to Dene, "Most supermarket and restaurant sauces and salad dressings are made with lots of sugar and salt — that's what makes them tasty. But these hidden ingredients can lead to bloating, water retention, dehydration, and pack a lot of extra calories into an otherwise healthy meal." If you've made a sauce or dressing yourself, it's probably safe to eat. Otherwise, use olive oil, sliced tomatoes, or even lemon to flavor your pastas and salads.

Convenient Meal Prep Tips to Stay on Track with Pre-Wedding Nutrition

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Nov 052016
 
Meal Prep Tips Pre-Wedding Nutrition

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With late nights, early mornings, and hectic schedules — meeting your pre-wedding nutrition goals is not an easy task. Who has time to cook fresh and healthy meals every single day? Nobody. It's time to think smarter, not harder brides-to-be! We rounded up four of our favorite tips to help with meal prep while wedding planning.

Get in a Routine
During a time that seems hectic and crazy, it's important to get your healthy eating to be as routine as possible. To begin, set aside a day of the week where you have the most free-time (we love meal prepping on Sundays!) and devote a period of time to shopping for and preparing your meals and snacks for the week. By having designated meal prep time, you'll be certain to feel less stressed and rushed and will feel accomplished and ready to tackle the week.

Plan Ahead
You're already planning a wedding — what's one more thing to plan? By planning ahead — we recommend outlining meals one week at a time — you'll be planning to succeed, instead of failing to plan. Now that you have a designated day, create a written or digital "week at a glance" where your recipes, needed ingredients, and nutritional information is balanced and clear. Be sure to keep in mind any late nights, appointments, work events, etc. that may interfere with your typical daily routine. Set your week, and then hit the kitchen!

See More: 6 Foods That Will Help You De-Stress While Wedding Planning

Simplify the Process
As your wedding is fast approaching, time is more valuable than ever. Thankfully, we live in a world of online ordering, subscription services, and next day deliveries! With grocery delivery services including Fresh Direct, ShopRite at Home, Peapod by Stop and Shop, Amazon Fresh, and more you can save yourself a time-consuming trip to the grocery store by ordering online. Doing so will save you time, help you stick to your grocery budget, provide and at-a-glance shopping cart to ensure you don't miss out on any crucial ingredients, AND help you keep impulse junk food grabs at bay. For even more convenience, explore services including Blue Apron and Hello Fresh which provide all the ingredients for specifically planned healthy meals.

Use the Right Tools
Having the right meal prep tools and storage containers is key for seamless cooking, storing and of course — eating! Microwavable, dishwasher safe and BPA free are all key words that are important to look out for when selecting which products to buy for food storage. The easier they are to heat and clean, the better. Many meal-prepping mavens prefer bento style lunch boxes with lids, with separate compartments to store veggies, lean proteins, and starches. They also help keep portions in check. The right (fashionable yet practical, of course) lunch tote, insulated thermoses, reusable cooling packs and water bottles are essential, too.

This One Minute Meditation Is Your Greatest Bridal Beauty Tool

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Nov 032016
 
Meditation Tips for Brides

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When it comes to planning for the big day, looking and feeling beautiful is at the front of every bride's mind. However, it can also create a lot of stress to look absolutely perfect on the special day. We'll try almost anything, spending thousands of dollars on products, the newest treatments, laser, surgery, and so forth, all in the name beauty. And trust me, I am a natural-beauty junkie and love to experiement with the latest and greatest. But the most important tool I have added to my beauty ritual is meditation.

Stress is the number one beauty killer. When we're stressed out, it shows. If you put your most stressed out friend next to another friend who is care-free and happy, you notice the difference immediately. From dark circles, puffy face and eyes, dull skin, frown lines, acne, to even weight gain, stress shows up on our faces and bodies in so many difference ways. If we don't handle the stress, it doesn't matter what we use on our skin.

Science has proven many, many benefits to meditation, such as higher levels of happiness, better sleep, lower blood pressure, and improved immune systems. The reason meditation is your greatest beauty tool is because it's your ticket to destressing, every single day, as many times a day as you want. Beauty, real beauty, is when you're able to shine from the inside out. But if you're not really feeling good about yourself — physically and/or emotionally — then that light gets quite dim. Meditation help us choose better thoughts about ourselves. All day long we engage in thoughts like "I'm not perfect, I'm not pretty enough, I'm not skinny enough, I'm not good enough," all of which put even more stress on our minds and bodies. When we add meditation into our lives, we can begin to put the more negative thoughts to rest and choose positive thoughts. More positivity brings less stress, more happiness, and in turn, infintely more radiance. Here is a simple meditation you can add into your daily routine and is the perfect meditation to take with you all the way to the big day:

See More: Honeymoon Inspiration: Ultimate Wellness Oases for the Health-Conscious Couple

One-Minute Breath
The goal of this meditation is to breath one breath per minute, which means inhaling for 20 seconds, holding for 20 seconds, and exhaling for 20 seconds. However, to those who are just starting their meditation practice, start with a 5:5:5 ratio for the first few days, slowly building to 10:10:10, 15:15:15, and eventually, after a few weeks of practice, 20:20:20. Don't push yourself here. If you can't do more than 5 seconds each, you're not a failure! Most of us breath so shallowly that our diaphragms are really tight and we can't take a full breath. So when we slowly practice breathing deeper, we train the diaphragm, which is the major muscle of breathing, to help us take deeper and fuller breaths, which provide numerous benefits to our physical body.

How to do it:

  • Sit in a comfortable position.

  • Inhale for 5 seconds.

  • Hold the breath for 5 seconds.

  • Exhale for 5 seconds.
  • Time:

  • 3-11 minutes
  • Benefits:

  • Creates a sense of calm in the body

  • Clears anxiety, fears, and worry's

  • Brings fresh oxygen to the brain

  • Oxygenates the lungs and purifies the blood, which also in turns helps to clear your skin
  • Desiree Pais, the founder of skin care company Benshen, is on a mission to spread the wisdom of the mind-body connection. After realizing that everything begins with the mind, she took her own health issues, such as auto-immune, chronic fatigue, cystic acne, and hormonal imbalance, into her own hands to heal them with Kundalini Yoga, meditation, Daoist medicine, and other healing modalities. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and continues to study Daoist medicine with Chris Chen in New York City.

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    Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Workouts

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    Although a wild night of drinking and dancing until the sun comes up is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelorette party, if you're a bride-to-be who prefers doing something more laid-back and non-traditional, celebrate your transition into matrimony with a sweaty fitness party instead. Here, we round up the six best group fitness classes in Los Angeles perfect for toasting your last days of singledom with your best girlfriends by your side.

    Tracy Anderson
    If you're looking to seriously get your butt kicked at your sweaty bachelorette bash, look no further than trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson. The cult-favorite fitness guru is the woman behind Hollywood's hottest bodies including Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her celeb-frequented studios in Brentwood and Studio City deliver workouts that are high-energy and ridiculously challenging, but totally worth it. After all, what bride-to-be doesn't want to look like J. Lo when she walks down the aisle?

    Body By Simone
    Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, and Julianne Hough are just a few of the celebs who swear by Body by Simone's intense and super sexy full-body dance cardio workouts. Round up your girls and head here for an invigorating good time — you might even learn a few dance moves for the reception. The studio's trampoline cardio class is another fun way to wave goodbye to the single life.

    Cycle House
    Ease any wedding planning stress while you get your sweat on with your bridesmaids during an indoor cycling session at Cycle House. Rocking playlists, impressive LED lighting, and the promise to burn 500-1,000 calories with just one ride, makes this cult-favorite cycling spot a winning choice for a bachelorette party.

    Playlist Yoga
    Celebrate your last hurrah before getting hitched by getting your groove on at Playlist Yoga. The new West Hollywood studio isn't your typical yoga spot. The sweaty 60-minute vinyasa flow classes are upbeat and set to energetic music, which will leave you and your girlfriends feeling re-energized and ready for all the wedding festivities.

    See More: Check Out These L.A. Bakeries That Take the Cake (You Deserve It After That Workout!)

    Ballet Bodies
    Whether you have years of dance training under your belt or none at all, you and your entourage of favorite ladies will have a great time working on your long, lean dancer's bodies at Ballet Bodies. Class types range from sweat-inducing cardio classes that incorporate ballet jumps on mini trampolines to sculpting sessions that mix in Pilates moves to a basics class that covers all the fundamental ballet techniques.

    Prevail Los Angeles
    This friendly boxing hotspot will get your heart pumping like no other. The feeling you get when you slip on those boxing gloves is totally empowering and just what you need if you're experiencing any pre-wedding jitters. After punching it out alongside your girls, you'll leave feeling powerful, invincible, and ready to take on married life.

    For more health and beauty hotspots in L.A., as well as wedding hair and makeup artists, head to our Los Angeles Beauty page!

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    11 Pieces of Stylish Workout Wear You Need for Your Pre-Wedding Fitness Routine

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    Oct 312016
     
    Stylish Workout Wear for Pre-Wedding Fitness

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    Your wedding date is locked down, the venue is booked and now it's time to focus on getting yourself wedding-ready. For many brides that means a pre-wedding workout routine. Aside from the obvious benefit of toning up, exercise can help you reduce stress and improve sleep — it can even make you better in bed!

    Even though there are a million reasons to make pre-wedding exercise a priority — let's be honest — hitting the gym on the reg can sometimes feel like a chore. Binge-watching the latest Netflix series often seems like a more appealing way to spend Wednesday night. And while feeling confident on your big day makes all the hard work worth it, even the most disciplined brides need a little extra motivation every now and again. Luckily, this season's latest activewear is better than ever! Whether you're in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco, taking yoga or cardio kickboxing, these stylish workout essentials are sure to motivate you to get moving. As fashionable as they are functional, these sporty pieces are perfect to wear to CrossFit, pilates and even brunch.

    Scroll down for 11 stylish staples that you definitely need in your workout wardrobe.

    JCrew Wedding Workout Wear

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    J.Crew's first-ever workout collection is everything we hoped for...and more! We're obsessed with this long sleeve crop top. It's the perfect length to wear with leggings. Even better, the elastic hem won't ride up while you're in SoulCycle or en route to Juice Press. (Long-sleeve Colorblock crop top, $55, New Balance for J.Crew)

    HPE Workout Wear

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    For brides who like to relieve stress with an AM run, this four-way stretch top is for you. The ribbed cuff with thumb holes is designed to keep your hands warm during those early morning winter workouts. ("Cross X Seamless" 1/4 zip top in plum, $110, HPE)

    Koral Wedding Workout Wear

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    We can't get enough of this curve-hugging tank. The monochromatic camo print delivers mega style, while the internal shelf bra keeps you supported. All that's left to do is crank up your fave workout playlist. ("Triad" sports tank, $135, Koral)

    Beyond Yoga Wedding Workout Wear

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    This painterly floral pattern tank, with built-in bra, provides all the style and support you need for poses from downward dog to dolphin. And it doesn't get much cuter than the cutout and bow in the back. (Cinched bow tank, $115, (Kate Spade New York for Beyond Yoga available at Shopbop)

    Show Me Your Mumu Workout Wear

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    The scoop neck with a criss cross back offers support and style — making it perfect for an afternoon hike with friends or your favorite spin class. The best part, it's basically wrinkle free. Meaning you can throw it in your purse in the AM and pull it out for 7PM Pure Barre — and you'll look fab! ("Cleopatra" bra, $72, Show Me Your Mumu)

    Alo Wedding Workout Wear

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    Headstands and handstands are no problem — well at least when it comes to support — with this inversion-friendly silhouette. This high-necked wonder features a playful pattern, crisscross straps in the back and mesh details for breathability. And we love the tropical print — perfect for squeezing in a quick vinyasa flow while on your destination bachelorette. ("Starlet" bra, $58, Alo)

    DYI Wedding Workout Wear

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    The high compression, moisture wicking fabric smooths you out, sucks you in and keeps you dry throughout your workout. What more can you ask? Oh right, the cutest floral print ever. ("Midnight Orchid Signature Tight" workout pants, $92, DYI)

    Mara Hoffman Wedding Workout Wear

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    Yoga-loving brides: these mid-rise, cropped leggings are for you. The herbarium black print is super fun. And they even feature a hidden pocket at the inner-waistband, so you can throw a $10 in there and grab a well-deserved smoothie or coconut water after class. (Cropped legging, $128, Mara Hoffman)

    See More: Why These 6 Trendy Fitness Classes Are the Best for Pre-Wedding Workouts

    Bodyism Wedding Workout Wear

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    If you're looking for a fashion forward print, this is it! This denim-inspired design proves that you can still make a stylish statement with your workout wardrobe. Calling these comfortable is the understatement of the year — the fit is so fab you'll want to wear them 24/7. And with your busy schedule of planning your wedding and honeymoon, you might have to. ("I am Comfortable" leggings, $180, Bodyism)

    APL Wedding Workout Wear

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    Don't worry, we didn't forget your feet. Innovation meets style with these neon kicks — a fave of fit celebs everywhere. The techloom keeps your feet ultra-comfy, while the 3D grid pattern delivers support where you need it most. So whether you're heading to the gym or hiking to wedding venue walk-throughs, these sneaks will keep your feet looking and feeling good. ("TechLoom Phantom" sneakers, $185, APL)

    Nike Wedding Workout Wear

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    These kicks are like a ray of sunshine — which incidentally is what you may need to get your butt out of bed and to 6AM Barry's Bootcamp. Signature Flyknit technology and a flexible sole deliver mega comfort. You can even get them personalized — with your soon-to-be initials or wedding date. ("Free RN Flyknit" sneakers, $130, Nike)


    Why One Bride Is Not Shedding For Her Wedding

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    Why Brides Are Not Dieting for Weddings

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    'You'll want to get that in a size smaller to accommodate for the weight you'll lose before your wedding,' the sales assistant said as I stood in just my thong waiting for her to help me in to my favorite wedding dress of the day.

    'Oh, er OK,' I stammered back as I stared more self-consciously at my reflection in the mirror.

    I'm a size US 6 and UK 10. I don't think I'm overweight, but I don't have a six pack. I run marathons, I work out regularly, I eat mostly right. Is this what the sales assistant tells every future bride? Are there girls more petite than me being effectively told to diet, or those who are more conscious of their weight after having it highlighted for all browsing nearby to hear?

    And what if the smaller sized dress, the US size/UK size 8, didn't fit during my final fitting next year? The big sign in the changing rooms announced that it would be my liability, my fault, if that happened, and the store accepted no responsibility.

    After leaving the shop and ranting over my Shakshuka with a side of toasted sourdough, I went for a run to clear my head.

    I felt great as I clocked up 5 miles at an 8-minute mile pace and realised that this was how I wanted to feel on my wedding day. You're supposed to feel special in your wedding dress, on one of the most special days of your life, not hungry and over-exercised. I love feeling strong, fit and healthy, not just 'thin.' And dieting to get to a specific size is not going to make me feel good.

    I want to get married looking like me, the best version of me. I don't want to look back in years to come and find the girl in the white dress unrecognisable. Although don't get me wrong, I would like people to comment about how awesome my back and arms look in my v-back dress. If anything, I want to add muscle.

    My fiancé loves me as I am.

    That's why he's asked to spend the rest of his life with me — despite my oversized collection of activewear, my tendency to get up around 6 a.m. even on weekends and the fact that I plan our vacations around marathons. He isn't marrying me for my thin legs but for my determination to push those legs faster and faster on my runs.

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    So, lady, no, I won't be ordering my dress in a smaller size (or from you at all, in fact). I will order my size, the size I've been since I started running five years ago. I won't drastically diet or shed for the wedding. I will continue my regular workout regime, training for three marathons in the months preceding my wedding, and I will eat to fuel and nourish my body through those workouts.

    Plus, who wants to get married when they're hangry?

    This post was originally published on ClassPass's blog, The Warm Up by Danielle Page. ClassPass is a monthly membership that connects you to more than 8,500 of the best fitness studios worldwide. Learn more here.

    The 6 Exercises You Need for Ultimate Wedding Day Arms

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    Oct 292016
     
    Exercises for Ultimate Wedding Day Arms

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    No matter what the style of your wedding dress, toned arms are the perfect accessory. While you're more than likely already trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle so you can glow on your big day, a little exercise extra credit never hurt. We asked some top fitness experts to offer up their favorite arm moves that you can easily do at home while you're bingeing on Netflix or taking a breather from stuffing wedding invites. You'll have killer definition in no time.

    Bicep Curl
    For arm exercises, Barry's Bootcamp trainer Dagmara Lometti suggests using a medium set of weights (8 lbs. or more). "You can also perform most moves with a resistance band (pack one into your bridal bag for one final round the morning of your wedding or, as was my case, 20 minutes before walking down the aisle)," she says. "Form is everything so if at any point it becomes too much to curl both arms at once, start to alternate one at a time."

    For the bicep curl, start with feet shoulder width apart, slight bend in the knees, keeping your core tight and belly button pulled in. Holding a weight in each hand, arms down, elbows close to your side, rotate palms of your hands away from you so they are facing forward. Exhale as you curl the weights up to shoulder height and inhale as you slowly lower back to start. Continue for 1 full minute then curl up only half way, hold for 10 seconds and then add a little pulse for 10 seconds.

    Hammer Curl
    Lometti's second move is a tried-and-true hammer curl, using either weights or a resistance band. Holding a weight in each hand, arms down, elbows close to your side, rotate palms of your hands to face in towards your body. Exhale as you curl the weights up to shoulder height and inhale as you slowly lower back to start. Continue for 1 full minute then curl up only half way, hold for 10 seconds and then add a little pulse for 10 seconds. (if you are using a resistance band, you will need to grip the band underneath the handle).

    See More: 6 Fun (and Trendy) Workouts for Brides-to-Be

    Triceps Kickback
    Don't even think about cheating the backs of your arms. Taylor Gainor and Justin Norris, co-owners of fitness studio LIT Method in Los Angeles, explain the perfect form for a triceps kickback using resistance bands. Stand with your feet hip width apart on your resistance band; hinge your body forward until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Slowly extend your arms back while squeezing your triceps at the end. Perform this exercise for three separate rounds of 20 reps.

    Around the World Bicep Curl
    Target every part of your bicep with this move. Start with feet shoulder width apart, slight bend in the knees, keeping your core tight and belly button pulled in, advises Lometti. Holding a weight in each hand, perform basic bicep curl up, before lowering bring arms slightly to the outsides of your shoulders to lower down in a wide position. Perform for 30 seconds and reverse the direction, curling up wide (outward curl), lowering narrow (basic bicep curl).

    Resistance Band Lateral Raise
    For this move, Gainor and Norris suggest starting with one foot on the band, slowly raising your arms to the side of your body until they are in line with your shoulders. Make sure your shoulders are pulled back and your core is tight. Perform this exercise for 15 reps. Do three rounds.

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