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No More Mean Muggin’

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I swear I’m not a cynic. I like long walks on the beach and babies who giggle and happy endings in movies. But at this point in my life I think I’ve been around the block enough times to distinguish between optimism and fantasy.

For example, I totally applaud all of the fitness fanatics that are reborn every January. But the realist in me knows that their “new year, new you” intentions will soon fade.

Is that an asshole-y thing to think??

It’s not that I doubt their desire to improve. I applaud that! I just think it’s funny that the gym is PACKED in January but when the month closes out… I can finally find room at the squat rack.

So here’s hoping that 2016 is different and all those renewed fitness goals have some longevity.

But for those of you among us (like me) who also enjoy some attainable and easy new year makeover goals – how about givin’ that mug of yours some love!

I loooooove love love laugh lines and crows feet. I think they show the world that you live a life of laughter and contentment. But let’s not take it too far and end up looking like the Marlboro man!

I snagged these cool firming eye gels on Amazon and they’re fantastic to throw on after a long day at work. After about 10 minutes I definitely notice those little lines and dark bags under my eyes fading into a firmer, tighter situation.

This isn’t an endorsed post – just me sharing a little tip from me to you ;)

~j

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Cheers

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If you’re buying a last minute gift for a guy with even an inkling of class and taste, then these will do the trick 99% of the time:

A silicon ice mold for perfectly spherical ice cubes
A classy set of tumblers
And of course some Teeling Whiskey. Yum!

Cheers,
~j

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Irony

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This gift idea is a little on the ironic side during this season of endless giving and commercialism. Okay actually it’s very ironic and completely tongue in cheek.

But it’s also an incredibly enlightening revelation around how ‘stuff’ weighs us down.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing will instruct you on how to address each item in your home to determine whether or not it “sparks joy.” If it doesn’t – SEE YA!

Get the packrats in your life this lovely little book about decluttering. They’ll thank you – and maybe give you some sweet hand-me-downs! ;)

~j

ps – these make me happy:

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My Issue With Statement Sweaters

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I’m still riding the high of a nice long vacation but now that I’m back stateside I’ve had a chance to appreciate the adventure with a little perspective.

We live in a crazy world and there’s plenty of heartbreak in the headlines on a daily, nay, hourly basis.

I don’t know what tomorrow might bring but today I’m doing what makes me happy – which includes some travel reflection and some quirky styling. And I hope looking at this irresistible quail sweater and that HUGE buddha will bring you some small shred of inspiration.

Don’t you just want to rub his big belly??

This guy lives in Kamakura, Japan at the Kōtoku-in temple. He was cast in 1252 and has survived several typhoons and tidal waves, many of which destroyed huge sections of the surrounding town in the 14th and 15th centuries.

But I digress.

The point of my post today is that I have an enduring love / hate relationship with statement sweaters. By ‘statement sweater’ I mean one which has such a unique quality about it that it makes a bold statement the first time you wear it; for instance, eliciting a response such as, “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THOSE CUTE BIRDS I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!”

That’s pretty memorable.

But there’s the double edged sword! It leaves such an impression that the second time you wear it you’re just the guy who’s wearing that cute bird sweater again… jeez doesn’t he have any other sweaters? Didn’t he just wear that?

So let this be a cautionary tale. Buy that statement sweater because you know it will make people smile and you’ll love it. But don’t spend a fortune because you also know that you’ll probably never wear it again.

~j

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Mighty

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It’s officially the holiday season (yay!) so you know what that means – the inevitable holiday feasts and sweet treats and cocktails. And then BAM! you’ve gotten soft.

Don’t get me wrong, I love soft. Soft is snuggly and cute. But it’s a fine line between soft and “oh shit what happened I’m Jabba the Hutt.”

My friends at Mighty Pilates welcomed me to their new Santa Monica location last week and it was delightful. I forgot how much I like pilates! Actually, we did some work on the reformer but we also spent some time on the TRX bands.

It was the perfect workout to feel toned and refreshed but not completely ravaged.

If you’re in San Francisco or LA, check them out :) also – use the code BEMIGHTY when signing up and get a free class!

And tell them I say hi!

~j

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