Packing Punch: Quiet Punch Home Boxing

February 9, 2019

The Quiet Punch tagline is “Fitness and Stress Relief in any Doorway” and nothing could say it better. When I saw this on my IG feed I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT! I mean, WE had to have it – as in me and my KIDS.

TENSION RELIEF, in a tidy little (cute as heck) piece of home gym tech.

In case you haven’t noticed – workouts are moving into the homes. We’ve got Peleton, Tonal, The Mirror and if I told you the amount of fitness apps I get pitched daily, it’s enough to make your head spin. And for good reason – home fitness is the wave of the future. Quiet Punch is the perfect addition to your home fitness fun.

Totally affordable ($99!), moveable, light, beyond easy to assemble (took me less than 5 mins) and FUN. And more great news!

There’s an APP with over 100 exercises and a Spotify playlist to take you through the punches. Love.

You know I’m crushing when I open up a product and I’m writing about it minutes later. This just happened. My hope is that my 8 year will punch the crap out of it when he’s having a tantrum and then, I’ll soon join him. Cuz mommy always needs to punch something.

Made perfectly for 28″ – 36″ doorways, perfect for temporary setup that doesn’t mark the door, and was built for all beginners alike.

This awesome totally easy to install doorway punching bag is the brainchild of Brian Pedone, who’s had a passion for boxing since the age of 13. Quick backstory: Life-long entrepreneur turned computer geek, combines his computer and boxing obsession into one and there you go – Quiet Punch is born. To read the full story behind the product, click here.

This is a big recommendation from me. It’s probably great if you have a spare doorway. Looks like I will just keep it in my kids’ doorway with might be a bit annoying to walk around but I also love that we are just throwing some punches every time we enter or exit the room.

Botanarchy – Botanical Medicine for Body Autonomy

February 2, 2019

Botanarchy’s mission statement is
‘Botanical Medicine For Body Autonomy’

Ancient Chinese Poetics +Holistic Primary Care

Embracing The Cycles Of Nature To Work In Sync With The Universal Flow

Carolyn Barron, Chinese Medical Physician + L.Ac

Says it all. And really not it all. Carolyn is a messenger, I truly believe. Ushering in what you have been asking for, without knowing it. My in depth session with Carolyn started with a deeply thorough intake (based on the online paperwork I had pre-prepared) about everything. My health, body, hormones, meds, energy, etc….Then she got to work with an incredible acupuncture session (sound bath on repeat as I relaxed into bliss) then a fantastic cupping session. Her space is divine and magical (and I walked there!! Hello WeHo!) and filled with all sorts of goodies and offerings like teas, medicinal mushroom elixirs, oils, rubs, books – oh dear good lord it’s little treasure trove. But it’s Carolyn’s energy, tuning in, wisdom, nurture and deep knowledge and expertise that makes the whole experience dreamy. I cannot wait to go back. She will for sure be go-to for all things acupuncture and so much more. She also gives workshops around town and is a specialist in so many areas I don’t know where to begin. Or stop. I think I’ll just keep going!

From her website below:

Botanarchy Herbs & Acupuncture is committed to providing accessible, radical healthcare while giving a voice to alternative viewpoints from marginalized areas of medicine. We believe that botanical medicine enhances the body’s innate capability to heal itself, empowering the patient as the healer. 

It is not about ‘popping a pill’ for passive symptom relief. It is about taking an active role in your wellness to treat the root of what ails you, and igniting your inner healer. This path engenders a true state of body autonomy, freeing the patient from a reliance upon privatized healthcare and allopathic methods that often harm the body and undermine its innate, elegant intelligence.

8217 Beverly Blvd, Suite 7, Los Angeles, CA 90048


Photo Credit: Jessica Chanen

CAROLYN BARRON, L.AC

The defining question of my life has always been how do we – individually and as a culture by and large – decondition the noxious knots that industrialization, capitalism, and culture have wound deep within the body and spirit? Before I encountered the Tao and traditional Chinese medicine, I examined this as a writer deeply entrenched in the Riot Grrrl movement and third-wave feminism. The crucial praxis of my work en masse has been a systemic inquiry of how to reject authority, trust your own senses, and recover the capacity to taste and feel and sense for yourself. My goal in both my personal development and my interpersonal work with patients is empowering the individual with the tools to recover authority over their own processes and regain autonomy over their own body.

I am a licensed and California board certified acupuncturist, herbalist, and nutritionist based out of my hometown of Los Angeles. I went down this path because for-profit industrialized medicine made me feel hopeless and disenfranchised, and I longed for the tools to take care of myself and my community when the system failed to protect and sustain us. I have always been fervently motivated to shift the paradigms & politics of women’s bodies, and bridge the chasm between body and spirit by re-acquainting women with the magic of their biology. I believe that medicine is a dynamic force that is ever-evolving, and I am comfortable fusing my western clinical experience with diverse fields of natural medicine to provide holistic primary care to my community. 

I named my acupuncture practice Botanarchy, which to me hearkens to the idea that medicine can be both a form of resistance and a reclamation of original, authentic nature. I’ve often thought that the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in its purest form awakens the creative, gestative spirit of the body, helping patients discover their own Tao and supporting them in living it.

I treat patients of all genders, but I consider my approach to medicine radical feminist health care, in that it is rooted in natural models that do not suppress the true nature of the body, and enhance connection to both the microcosm of the body and the macrocosm of the earth. I’m passionate about embodying a model of medicine that is not fear-based, shaming of choice, disease-driven, and authoritarian, one that does not like to tell their patients what to do or how to think, but instead asks their patients ‘what does that feel like’ and ‘what is your experience of this?’

As an acupuncturist at the Venice Family Clinic Integrative Medicine Chronic Pain Program, a clinical intern at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and as the manager of a functional medicine practice specializing in chronic disease, I have spent the last 12 years in a clinical setting, supporting patients and their families through nutrition, needles, and natural medicines. Enshrined in my temple of saps, twigs, roots and resins, the gristle of my life has been teaching myself and others how to master the arcane as a vehicle for self-healing and self-reliance. Committed to destroying the institutionalized lies our culture propagates about food, wellness, consciousness and the body, I teach my patients self-governance through ritual and DIY medicine, as tools of healing, self-care, body mastery, and eradication of externally-imposed dogma. 

To schedule an appointment:

carolyn@botanarchy.com | (213) 265-4853.

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Body Kitchen Collagen

January 16, 2019

So much collagen – and where to start?!!!

Thank you Body Kitchen for making my collagen selection EASY!

Pure, nutrient-rich ingredients and sourced from grass-fed, pasture-
raised bovine collagen from the lush plains of South America and
nutrient-rich marine collagen from the freshwater lakes of East Asia.

Body Kitchen isn’t just any collagen powder. It is fortified with
di-peptides, 39x the concentration of any other collagen on the market.
Di-peptides (Hyp-Proline and Hyp-Glycine) are incredibly rare, less than 0.1% of every 100g of regular collagen, but they are amazingly powerful. 

Not only do they stay in the body longer, they’ve been proven to have a more powerful effect in rejuvenating and re-energizing our cells.

In other words, this is what really makes the difference is the body’s
ability to absorb and synthesize the collagen. It’s also infused with Black
currant extract to increase its absorption and efficacy in the body.

Also:

HYP-GLY + PRO_HYP Di-Peptide fortified†
Keto/Paleo friendly
Gluten Free/Grass-Fed

Hop over to GNC to snatch and add to your fave elixirs!

Dr. Alexander Rivkin Gives Back to Federal Workers Affected by Government Shutdown

As the Government continues to be shut down, it’s estimated that over 40,000 Californians are not being paid. Dr. Rivkin, one of the top Cosmetic Surgeons in LA, wants to give back by offering all Federal employees affected by the shutdown a free facial at his Brentwood office Westside Aesthetics. It’s a stressful time for so many, and a facial is a great way to offer some relaxation.Top Los Angeles Aesthetic Expert is offering complimentary facials to Federal Workers affected by the Government ShutdownLDr. Alexander Rivkin, of Westside Aesthetics, a leading pioneer in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and Yale trained facial cosmetic surgeon is offering his support and services to American Federal workers affected by the recent Government Shutdown. Dr. Rivkin is taking a stance on this matter by offering complimentary facials, at his practice in Brentwood, to the affected individuals who have been serving our country and are now impacted by the Government Shutdown.

Dr. Rivkin and his team have the ability and resources to give back to those who are not as fortunate and with the recent news of the shutdown, Dr. Rivkin has decided to act and spread his gratitude with this offer.

It’s estimated that over 40,000 Californians are out of work or not being paid because of the shutdown. “These are the people who keep us safe and keep government services operational,” said Dr. Rivkin. “Food safety, air travel safety, critical services for the poor, national parks and museums – good, hard-working Americans make these critical systems run. Many of these workers live paycheck to paycheck, and they should not be treated this way.”

Dr. Rivkin and his team of skin experts want to express their appreciation for our Federal workers’ dedication and commitment with a complimentary facial at Westside Aesthetics. Additionally, with this cost-free facial it can give Federal workers who are in distress a way to relax and receive much-needed time to take care of themselves.

About Dr. Rivkin

Alexander Rivkin M.D. is a Yale trained facial aesthetic expert, an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen, UCLA School of Medicine, and the creator of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty. His Los Angeles practice, Westside Aesthetics focuses exclusively on providing patients with the latest in non-invasive, non-ablative cosmetic treatments. Dr. Rivkin is an international authority on non-surgical cosmetic treatments. He divides his time between patient care, clinical research, educating other physicians, media appearances, and lecturing at scientific conferences throughout the world. www.westsideaesthetics.com.

Constance Wu slays in Shiseido’s Controlled Chaos Sapphire Spark and Black Pulse Mascara Ink at the Golden Globes 2019!

January 7, 2019

Check out this HOW TO for Constance Wu from Molly Greenwald.

The Shiseido Controlled Chaos Mascara Ink – coming soon in March to all! PHOTOS:

-Prepped and cleansed the skin with Refreshing Cleansing Water

CLEANSING WATER

Benefiance Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask.

Benefiance Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask

Her fav products :

Bio Performance Glow Revival Serum

Bio Performance Glow Revival Serum

Bio Performance Glow Revival Cream

Bio Performance Glow Revival Cream:

Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye cream

Benefiance Wrinkle Resist Eye

-Evened out Constances already gorgeous skin with a light pump of SYNCHRO SKIN Lasting Liquid Foundation in Golden 3 & 4 

Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation 3&4

Perfecting Stick concealer in Medium around the eyes and nose.

– Lip: Visionary Gel Lipstick #208 Streaming Mauve

– Eye Kajal Ink Artist in 01 Tea House to subtly shade and contour the eyes. 

Kajal Ink Artist in Tea House

I finished the eyes with a coat of Controlled Chaos mascara Ink in Black.

Coming in March

-Aura Dew in #2 pressed into the center of the lid

Aura Dew #2

– warmed and flushed the skin with a combination of Minimalist Whipped Powder blush in #3 & #4

Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush #3

Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush #4

-Aura dew in 3 on cheeks for an ethereal glow

Aura Dew #3

finished the skin with a light dusting of Translucent Pressed Powder

Translucent Pressed Powder:

Spritz of Quickfix to set and bring an extra boost of life to the skin

Coming soon!!!! Out in March

Product Description:

  • Each of these scalloped-shaped bristles boasts five reservoirs that hold the optimal amount of product for full, fanned-out lashes and a faster build. The innovative brush design—which features two concave sides to boost volume and two flat sides for extra lash lift—plays a significant role in creating clean, graphic results.
  • Film formers and polymers set and seal this highly pigmented, smudge-, clump-, and flake-resistant formula to lashes for 24 hours. This ophthal­mologist tested formula also revealed it visibly increased lash volume by 250% and length by 47% after just one coat.
  • Developed in four brightly colored, high-impact shades, (Black Pulse, Sapphire Spark, Violet Vibe, Emerald Energy), this weightless formula contains an optimal combination of hard and soft waxes to achieve the perfect balance of structure, flexibility, and glide.
  • Talking Points:
  • Will be available at Sephora (https://www.sephora.com/)  – March 2019Shiseido opened its first research center in Japan in 1916. The company was committed to redefining beauty and discovering new technology and methodologies to embrace beauty from the inside out. Due to its devotion, there are now research centers in China, Thailand, USA, and France. Shiseido has become an authority on skin and skincare and a leader of basic research in dermatology. In 2000, all Shiseido factories earned ISO14001 certification. The company is passionate about maintaining environmental consciousness and the eradication of animal testing.