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8/22/16



Sweat is in the name, so know…there is no way around it. 

You. Are. Going. To Sweat. And sweat hard

Last Saturday, if you were in Southampton, then there was no way you didn’t hear the pop and hip hop music pumping into the streets from the center of town, or see the crowds of scantily clad men and women getting their flex on. Okay, maybe not scantily clad, but dressed in there most minimalist workout gear, because dear LORD it was hot! The weather, we are talking about the WEATHER. 


It’s been on our to-do list for a while to try a 305 Fitness class, being that this is our year of wellness, and that any fitness regimen that incorporates dancing sounds like fun. (Plus, Lo Bosworth told us it was one of her favorite fitness classes. You can read that interview: HERE) Who are we to question Lo?


So we tried it, and to be completely honest it was SO HARD in a good way (if you like to be sore for the next couple of days). The squats totally got us. 

Things we liked: The music was great, and it totally kept us going, but you need a water bottle handy. We were outside, under a hot sun, in the regular LI humidity, not in a studio, so we were in need of definite refreshments. 

The steps: Some are easy to pick up and that’s great, because they will keep coming back. Others, a little tougher, but because you’ll get to “perform” them over and over again during the class there is always room to improve!

Overall, the instructor Sadie, and also founder of 305 Fitness, was really amazing. Super high energy, very helpful, and supportive. She helped to create a very positive atmosphere. 

Things we were not prepared for: We thought out of the 13 classes Southampton Sweat offered, 305 Fitness would be one of the easier classes. We were totally wrong. This is because a lot of the other classes had people working out in alternating groups, which allowed for you to catch your breath before continuing onto your next bear crawl or set of pushups. 305 Fitness is non stop. You’ll be squating, high kicking, and “push-uping” the entire session. If you’ve done Plyo and Zumba it’s like a mix between the two, but the dance moves are way better than Zumba. There website explains the workout style as, 


"EACH CLASS INFUSES DANCE MOVES, SPORTS DRILLS AND HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) TO CREATE A FULL-BODY, FUN WORKOUT."

Overall, we would do it again!

Want to try 305 Fitness? Check out the website HERE to find the class closest to you!

Stay Lovely,

D.R 

Editor and Curator of


Dusk & Rubies Blog 



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8/21/16





The right florals can add just that extra touch to any room in any home. Here are the 10 lessons we've learned from B Floral, New York's premier floral and event design company.  


Lesson 1: Transform any tablescape with a few well placed succulents. 



Lesson 2: Speaking of succulents display them in varying heights to add depth and texture. 



Lesson 3: Baby gold pineapples will brighten up any room. 



Lesson 4: Sometimes it's more about the way the flower is presented, rather than the actual flower. Fill a square glass votive with pebbles and place one, single floral, then repeat. 



Lesson 5: "Powder blues and creams make a great contrast against a marble tabletop."



Lesson 6: Bathtime like a Queen "Wind down with a mid-week bath soak! Add blooms and floating candles to create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation." 



Lesson 7: "Use shells as vases to give your succulent arrangements a unique twist."



Lesson 8: "Surround a tall arrangement with a smaller arrangement to create a grande and vibrant centerpiece."



Lesson 9: "Use a palm leaf as a plate charger to elevate your tropical tablescape."



Lesson 10: "Less is more. Smaller vases can still make a huge impact when paired with full florals and neutral linens."




We can't wait to try some of these tips and tricks in our own home!

Stay Lovely, 

D.R

Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies Blog 
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7/7/16



This year wellness has been our major priority. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit has become our mantra of sorts. So today's post is all about skincare. 

It's been a major issue for me, since my whole life (even as a teen) I had pretty nice skin. Now, as an adult, I probably have more blemishes than ever before. I have tried so many products, creams, and scrubs.

Real deal? I am also super lazy (when it comes to certain things) and want something that is low maintenance and cost efficient. Anyone else? 


So, when I find out I could make my own scrub that could:
exfoliate, clear skin of bacteria, reduce under eye puffiness and puffiness in general, and smooth skin without paying a dime, I was all in. 

Ingredients (House hold items I had and you will need)

3 tbsp coffee grinds
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon 

Stir together and voila!



The trick is to pat it onto your face first and then massage with fingers in small circles. Then, massage with cold water. Try to let the scrub stay on your face for 5 minutes and then clean off with a cold wash cloth. 



I will tell you the one downside; it is that it is very messy. Make sure, upon application, that you do this scrub over your sink. It won't stain anything, but the grinds do get all over. Your best bet is to do this in the shower. 

Another tip: I used the scrub as a body scrub a few days later and it made my skin feel awesome. 

Overall this DIY was super easy, super useful, super cheap, and pretty effective. I immediately saw a definite luminance to my skin that sometimes you lose in the summer months from sun damage, chlorine and such. 


Remember wellness doesn't just extend itself only to what we look like on the outside, but also how we feel on the inside. The summer months gives us the perfect time to experiment and try new things. 

Stay Lovely,

D.R.

Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies 
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6/16/16




Summer sun is out and beach trips are on the horizon. Now, it doesn’t matter your shape or size, because it’s really all about finding that confidence to fit into that bikini.

We can't wait to dive on into these awesome workouts offered all throughout the Hamptons. So scroll, scroll, scroll!

1. Montauk: Paddle Diva

If your a chat while you workout kind of girl or guy, then Paddle Diva is for you. SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) is a great way to hang with the squad while also working on your arm and core strength. 


Where: Gurney's and Surf Lodge

2. Bridgehampton: Physique 57

These ladies know how to target all those tough spots. This is a tough workout! It uses your own body weight for resistance the occasional weights and mat for stretching. If you're looking to tone those muscles and get a calorie burn that will extend way past your workout, then this is the class for you! 


Where:
264 Butter Lane
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

3. Watermill: Tracy Anderson Studio

At 43 years old Gwyneth Paltrow is a walking, talking testament for the Tracy method. Get your derriere to her studio to experience her techniques for transforming your bod.


Where: 
903 Montauk Hwy, 

Water Mill, NY 11976


4. Easthampton: Soulchallenges at Soul Cycle


These special 90 minute sessions will have you speed cycling to beats you can't resist, while you’re sweating like crazy.  Adding this one class a week will have a tremendous effect on your overall fitness level. 


Where:
68 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

5. Amagansett: Mandala Yoga


Yoga studios come and go, but Mandala has been in business for quite some time, which speaks to its excellent instructors and classes. Come stretch your limbs, practice your inversions, and sweat it out before hitting the beach. 


Where:

10 Amagansett Square Drive,

Amagansett NY


6. Southampton: AKT InMotion 




Anna Kaiser, founder of AKT inMotion and trainer to stars like SJP and Shakira, focuses on designing classes that constantly change and evolve. So if you're one of those people who constantly get bored at the gym, then this class is for you!


Where: Hamptons Gym Corpse Southampton
395 County Road 39A,
Southampton NY 283-4770


7. Water Mill: SLT


SLT is an acronym for fitness buffs three favorite words: 
Strength, Lengthen and Tone. If you're looking for that lean, 
leggy model look, then incorporate one of these SLT classes 
into your routine!



Where:

50 Station Road,

Water Mill, NY


8. Extra Credit! Montauk: Breathe & Brew
What's better than free yoga and a pint at Montauk Brewing Co? I can't think of a single thing more relaxing. Come stop on by every Saturday. Yoga classes are held right at the brewery!



Stay Lovely & Sweat!


D.R.


Editor and Curator of


Dusk & Rubies 
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5/6/16


Who doesn't love a good view? We were privy to a gorgeous one on Wednesday night, when we were invited to kick off the summer season with the influencers and taste-makers behind Hamptons Magazine at the opening of Salon De Ning, the rooftop bar at The Peninsula

Not only did I have a fantastic time, but I also learned a lot about hosting the perfect party. Now Samantha Yanks, Editor In Chief of Hamptons Magazine, is no newcomer when it comes to curating the perfect party. And that's why we couldn't help but jot down a to-DO list, for the next time we throw a soiree of our own. 

We wanted to share this list with our readers too, so that whether you're planning the perfect brunch, cocktail hour, the simplest backyard barbecue, or a grand Memorial Day bash you have exactly what you need to make your day memorable!


1. Do match your decor...(sort of): As host you can totally match your decor and theme. Take a tip from Samantha Yanks' style at this event. There was flora everywhere, and while her dress wasn't an exact match (which is good, since we're not three year's old and this isn't an Elsa and Anna themed Frozen party) no matter where she was placed at the party for a picture she was perfectly accented by her decor.


(Samantha Yanks Right)
2. Do have a theme: have a theme, but don't overkill. These flowers were the perfect accent and were placed along the bar, outdoor tables, and even matched this huge flower wall people took pictures in front of. 

3. Do serve your own signature cocktail: Contrary to some peoples' beliefs, not everything tastes good when mixed into a cocktail, but creating one of your own creations is actually not as hard as it seems. I think coming up with a clever name is the most difficult part. It is also a good idea to have the recipe printed out not only so guests know what they are drinking, but also just in case they love it so much they want to recreate it on their own!
The Great Chase
Recipe For "The Great Chase"
1 1/2 parts Chase vodka
1/2 part Elderflower Liquor
A squeeze of lemon
3 parts club soda
garnished with a lemon wedge

4. Do create fun places for people to take photographs: it's all about the IG now-a-days. A great party is measured by its hashtag, and instagram photos. 



5. Do offer plenty of seating options and places for people to mingle comfortably. 

6. Do menu plan carefully- While good food is a must, most people don't eat too much at cocktail hour, but still assume there will be something offered to eat. Nibbles, as I like to call them, are a great call. A few well-curated, easy to eat, and not too messy options that appeal to a wide variety of pallets, when passed around is a super easy option for the host. Can't afford hiring a serving service? Well,think about options you can leave out for people to pass by and pick up whenever they feel free to. 

7. Do set a start and end time-Stragglers will straggle, and it's not like some of us don't have work in the morning, or plans for the next day. It is organized and allows for you to enjoy more and stress less. 

And, finally this should go without saying, please enjoy your own party and all the hard-work it took to put it together. 

Stay Lovely,

D.R

Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies 
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4/30/16



2016 is our year of wellness. Healthy body, healthy heart, healthy mind...okay, as healthy as our minds and bodies can be. To be honest, we all just want to eat cookies for dinner and call it a day, but we're trying this thing called adulting...it's kinda hard. 

But, it doesn't have to be. Below are 3 recipes that have been lazy girl taste-tested and approved!

1. Recipe 1: Crispy GF LF Chicken Milanese (DF, GF)

Ingredients:
Chicken Breasts
Heirloom Tomatoes
Shallot
Yellow Squash
Lemon
Arugula
Italian Seasoning
Olive Oil
GF flour
Lite mayonnaise 

1. Prep and clean all veggies. Cut yellow squash into slices and place on cooking tray, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes and flip halfway through cooking. 
2. Butterfly cut chicken, dip chicken in mayonnaise, then roll around in gluten free flour, Italian seasoning and place in pan coated in olive oil. Cook chicken until browned on both sides. 
3. Plate arugula salad and top with roasted squash, tomatoes, and chicken. Use lemon to and a drizzle of olive oil to dress the salad. 

2. Coconut Rice & Beef Stir-Fry (DF, GF)


Ingredients:
Lean ground beef
Scallions
Basil
Garlic
Green beans
Basmati rice
Thai seasoning
Lite coconut milk

1. Prep the veggies by cleaning them. Place green beans on a pan drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook until slightly carmelized. (About 15 minutes)
2. Cook the beef by adding beef and seasoning into the pan. Break the meat into pieces until browned.
3. Bring about 3/4 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup water to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add 1 cup of rice, cover and reduce. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. 
4. Plate rice first, then beef and toss on top green beans. 

3.Spinach & Kidney Bean Polenta (DF, GF)



Ingredients: 
Red Kidney Beans
Red Onion
Spinach
Olive oil
Polenta 

1. So easy, saute in a pan with olive oil red kidney beans, red onion, and spinach. Saute until onions caramelize, and veggies are reduced down. 
2. In a small pot boil 1 cup water, and  add 1/4 c to boiling water, whisk until polenta is thickened.
3. Top polenta with saute and serve!

Stay Lovely,

D.R 

Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies 
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4/4/16



2016 is our year of wellness. Sound body and sound mind...okay, you caught us, sound mind may never come, but you know what will help? 

Delicious and lazy girl approved breakfast bowls?

Yup.  

Like everything else in the kitchen, when it comes to cooking for just myself, the lazier the better. Here are 5 lazy girl tested and approved breakfasts. We call them Greek yogurt bowls, otherwise known as something you could definitely eat for breakfast, lunch, a snack, dinner, or dessert...

What? They're good! And, take like 2 minutes tops. Win.Win.






(Live G Free is a brand sold by Aldi, these are not pre-made, but come with the brownie mix. Use 2 eggs as directed, and 1/2 cup vegetable oil or avocado oil to substitute for butter! They are SO good. They take 35 min to bake, and about 3 minutes to stir up, and then you have brownies for the week...okay, more like a day...)







(Set it and forget it--we love a good crock pot recipe. This takes 8 apples, 1 cup oats, a sprinkling of cinnamon brown sugar, and a spoon of coconut butter.)




We can testify each bowl is as delicious as they look, and range from only 150 calories to 270 calories. YUM. 

Stay Lovely,

D.R

Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies 


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