Be Glamorous on the Beach with the help of Kate Rozz:

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Much like the first week or two of the New Year, the days following the initial weather change from cold to warm spark a fitness-inspired uproar around the city. Suddenly every gym and yoga studio in sight is filled with men and women attempting to work off the weight they put on this winter from binge watching their favorite Netflix series while cuddled up on the couch with a jar of Nutella and a spoon in hand. Although it’s quite doubtful they’ll see results in time, who can blame them? The clock is ticking and tis the season to strut your stuff in a fashionable, yet next to nothing, teeny bikini.

As a health educator and lover of fitness, I try to maintain my healthy lifestyle year round to avoid the wretched crash dieting panic we witness every year. I certainly hope you stuck to your green juice regimen this winter, as I did, so you don’t have to submit yourself to an unhealthy and indefinite cleanse. But whether or not you’re currently sporting rock hard abs, I will give you one piece of advice to find your motivation: shop!

There are lots of ways to motivate yourself to get back into shape, but I’ve found the best way for me is to pick out the perfect little two piece and envision myself looking absolutely amazing of course, as I prance around the beach in my brand new couture. Believe me, once you find the suit, the inspiration will find you. Now you’re only trouble is finding that suit!

Well if you aren’t already familiar with the fashion forward swimwear designer Kate Rozz, it’s only a matter of time before you become her new number one fan. Ms. Rozz made a splash onto the fashion scene this season with her handmade, printed two-piece bikini brand. And it’s about as perfect as a swimwear line can be. By combining her own personal style, charisma and sex appeal, Kate was able to create thoughtful and detailed designs that are figure flattering, stylish and comfortable – not to mention her creative, high-tech fabric structure. Inspired by Brazilian culture, beauty and Samba, Kate designed beautiful pieces that will make you stand out and feel like the center of attention on any beach.

The 2015 Kate Rozz swimwear collection comes in a variety of Brazilian signature landscape prints and divine fabrics that give off a sense of modern sophistication. And with it’s seamless design, each suit looks super sleek on the body. Personally, I find the line to be versatile, comfortable and very stylish. And with pieces ranging from $120 to $150, you can find your perfect suit without maxing out your credit card.

I have to hand it to her, Kate Rozz really is accomplishing her goal of bringing glamour back to the beaches! After finishing my 31 day Soul Cycle and Physique 57 Challenge, I couldn’t wait to celebrate by walking the white sandy beaches of Palm Beach to show off some skin in my new favorite Kate Rozz suit. And boy, did the heads turn…

Shop Kate Rozz swimwear here

P.S. As always i would like to hear from you about your bikini season preparation. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

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New York healthy best restaurants with ambience

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When the sun comes out in New York City, life suddenly returns to the streets. What once felt like a deserted city is now a never-ending block party. And the urge to join the masses on the nearest rooftop, patio or garden terrace for a meal amidst the sunset after work is completely irresistible. When the temperature hits the mid 60s, you can find me dining at one of my favorite local eateries as I scout the latest trends in fashion, while enjoying a delicious meal street side of course!

But what happens when your local go-to becomes mundane? Unlike in love, monogamy in the culinary world, and specifically in New York City, is unnatural. With options from just about every culture you can possibly imagine and with some of the most creative chefs out there, the time to step outside your food comfort zone is now. But if you find yourself feeling just as lost amongst the Yelp reviews as you do when trying to pick out the perfect outfit from a wardrobe filled with couture, then save yourself some time and energy and take my advice. Here are a few great options to satisfy your desire for impeccable cuisine and some quality sun-time.

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If it’s originality you seek, than look no further! A popular little place in downtown Manhattan, Dirt Candy is truly one of a kind. For someone like myself with a more classical taste, a place that offers Vegan tacos, and Chocolate Onion Ice Cream on their menu is not usually my cup of tea. But who could pass up the chance to try such a strange combination? Do yourself a favor, give it a try! Chef Amanda Cohen is sure to impress.

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Navy. Navynyc.com
I’ve covered a lot of territory in the NY restaurant realm but I still constantly find myself stumbling upon hidden gems. This unique little neighborhood joint is anything but boring, from its aesthetics to its daily menu change, it will keep you coming back for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And on a warm afternoon when the windows open onto the street, Navy is the perfect place to admire all of the fashionistas of Soho while enjoying some avocado toast.

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Narcissa. Narcissarestaurant.com
Next on my list is one of the best outdoor dining options in all of New York. With a private garden complete with lounge chairs, umbrellas and beautiful greenery, Narcissa provides a wondrous dining experience amongst a blooming garden that is sure to bring you joy. But lets be clear, the food is just as amazing as the garden! The Manchurian Cauliflower with Jasmine Rice in a Ginger Sweet & Sour Sauce is to die for and that is not an exaggeration.

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The Musket Room. Musketroom.com
With ingredients taken from its very own backyard garden, which include edible flowers, the Musket Room brings a fresh, New Zealand-inspired cuisine to Nolita. Not only will your dinner awaken your taste buds through a unique mix of flavors, but your eyes are sure to be pleased as well. The Musket Room turns plate presentation into pure art. Take a tour today!

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Dudley’s. Dudleysnyc.com
Brunch is one of my favorite pastimes and in New York City you are never short on options, but Dudley’s is by far one of the best summer brunch spots out there. Seriously, oh my color! Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies with a bright brunch plate that will leave your feeling magical. And the banana pancakes … lets just say you won’t be disappointed.

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So, what are you waiting for? Bon Appetit!

P.S. As always I would love to hear fro you about your favorite eating out spots. Share your  experience, suggestions, and favorite menus in NYC. We can’t wait to discover new delicious gems. 

KASIA

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Trending This Spring

Trending This Spring:

Spring Fashion Week has come and gone and the first day of spring has passed. With our temperamental weather beginning to settle down, we may just start to see this season’s trends start hitting the streets. If you aren’t sure just what to expect fashion wise for this spring, let me clue you in. Here are the must know trends for Spring 2015.

Sexy Shoulders. Whether you prefer one shoulder, the dropped shoulder or no shoulders at all, this spring we’re spotlighting one of the more under appreciated body parts, the sexy shoulder.

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One of my absolute musts this season is the Harve Leger Strapless Navy Blue White Dress. Not only is it spot on as a strapless dress, but it’s also the color duo you’ll see everywhere this spring. This navy and white dress will keep you looking classy whether you’re at the office, a barbeque or out on the town. You can’t go wrong with Harve Leger.

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Comfortable Shoes. Praise the heavens; comfort is making a comeback! This season is all about walking on clouds without having to sacrifice style. We’re looking at this season’s most fashionable, but still comfortable shoes.

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If you like the chunky look, take a peek at the Jil Sander Brown Patent Leather Open Toe Sandal. With a discount greater than $500, you won’t want to pass these up!

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If it’s a statement shoe you’re after, check out the Nicholas Kirkwood Flower Embellished Patent Leather Heel. These trendsetting kicks are bound to turn heads with a bright mix of lime and cobalt, while the thicker heel provides the comfort we all love.

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Sporty Prep. Sport your inner prep this spring with a polo style shirtdress. If you’re anything like me and you adore minimalism, then you absolutely must check out one of my very own designs from my new line, On57 New York. Perfect for spring, this lavender and pink sleeveless dress combines multiple trends to bring you a comfortable, shoulder bearing, sexy-chic dress. It just may be the ultimate spring look, if I must say so myself.

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1. It may not be the new black but it certainly is the color of Spring 2015. And I can only assume it is a color your wardrobe is seriously lacking. I know what you’re thinking, yellow is just not your color. But my fellow trendsetters and I ask you to think outside of the box this season, girls. Whether it’s mustard, canary, amber or saffron, I guarantee there is a shade of yellow perfect for you!

And if you’re still feeling unsure about yellow, then please check out this Cosmo post: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a37933/the-heartbreaking-reason-why-you-should-wear-yellow-on-march-27/?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1440_158233422. If that isn’t incentive enough to get you in this season’s color than I don’t know what is! Because come March 27, I want to see everyone sporting this season’s color for more than the sake of fashion, for Seth! And don’t forget to take a selfie come Friday and use the hashtag #wearyellowforseth and #boutiqueon57 so we can all checkout your new spring look!

KASIA

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Jeannine Canino Bieda: “With Faith, There is Hope”

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Every year, March 8th marks the celebration of the achievements of women all across the globe, better known as International Women’s Day. It’s a day to acknowledge the economic, political and social accomplishments of women everywhere. But this year when March 8th came around, I was acknowledging one woman for her accomplishments in her personal life, a woman who has inspired me greatly through her vulnerability and strength, Jeannine Canino Bieda.

Cancer is a term we hear quite often nowadays. You can get it genetically. You can get it from smoking and/or poor health decisions. Heck, you can get it from too much sun! But what a lot of people don’t realize is that you can get it for absolutely no reason at all; and it certainly doesn’t discriminate against age. Many of us think it’s never going to happen to us. We eat clean. We workout everyday. We even meditate to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul, right? But I’m here to tell you the truth: you’re not invincible, and that’s okay! Just as Jeannine told me when we first met, “you don’t choose cancer, it chooses you.”

Jeannine shared with me her journey. At age 32, she found a lump in her breast. Following an exam, mammogram and ultrasound screening she thought she was in the clear, that is until her primary care doctor advised her to see a breast surgeon. It was then that she met her guardian angel, at least that’s what Jeannine calls her. Dr. K. explained that although she was only seeing fibroid tumors, it would be easy for cancer to hide, especially in a mammogram. Why? Because what most women don’t know is that if you have dense breasts, your mammogram will show a lot of white, the same color cancer would appear as. And Jeannine’s screening was covered in white. Dr. K. advised Jeannine to begin annual screening, something most women don’t begin until much later in life. Little did she know this advice would save her life.

Jeannine was a hard working career woman.  She had no family history of cancer. She ate healthy and worked out often. And as a new bride, she was living in bliss. She had already survived many struggles in her life and displayed real strength. Jeannine, in my opinion, was superwoman. The thought of cancer had never even crossed her mind. But that all changed in an instant when she received a phone call from her sister, who was also a physician and in contact with Dr. K. Following a mammogram, suspicious ultrasound and an MRI, Jeannine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 36.

Jeannine lived through a real tragedy. Having to have surgery, undergo radiation and handle all of the emotional and physical struggles that go along with such a disease is not only difficult, but life changing. What is so amazing to me is through it all, she never asked “Why me?” One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; so instead Jeannine was asking, “Why not me?”

Jeannine was very fortunate to have had a doctor advise her to have annual screening done before the “normal” age because she was able to catch her cancer early. “It’s all about early detection,” she says. So when she was approached by Advocate Healthcare in Chicago to join their breast cancer campaign, how could she say no? They must have been as inspired by her strength as I am, because she quickly became the face of their campaign. It was all very unexpected but exciting! If she could reach just one girl, she thought, it would all be worth it. And that she did!

When I asked Jeannine what her defining moment was as an advocate, she explained to me a story of a woman who reached out to her via social media. This woman was diagnosed with breast cancer and truly struggling with the whole experience. But because of Jeannine, she was able to get help, find a therapist and find a medication to help her handle the emotional side effects of the disease. Jeannine is a true inspiration to me because unlike a lot of people, she allowed herself to be vulnerable by embracing the opportunity to help others. That is real strength.

Today, Jeannine has the breast cancer ribbon displayed proudly on her side, the same side as her breast cancer. Written are the words, “With faith, there is hope.” Everyone has their ups and downs but to Jeannine, positivity is an important aspect of healing. She believes there are no right or wrong feelings through such a journey but with faith, there is hope.

I would like to thank Jeannine for allowing me to share her story. I only hope you are all as inspired by her story as I am and that you allow yourselves to be vulnerable as Jeannine did. You never know, your story may help someone else find their strength too.

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you. Share with us what motivates you and how do you overcome struggles and challenges in your life.

 

KASIA

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Ida – best foreign film in 2015 Oscars

And The Oscar Goes To Ida for the best Foreign Film …

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This year Oscars – Academy Awards is very special to me. There were 5 film nominations for my native country Poland. I was co closely crossing my fingers for Ida to win and was so ecstatic to see Director Pawel Pawlikowski on the stage receiving the honors of golden Oscar statue from the hands of Nicole Kidman. This is a historic moment for Poland honoring for the first time Polish cinematography.  Pawel Pawlikowski with his eloquent speech and sense of humor had the audience in his pocket within minutes. Hollywood stars were laughing and applauding him. Even signs of wrapping up his speech with disturbing music didn’t intimidate to rush him off the stage. I was so proud for my native country man to be so honored by the Academy.

Each year there is a big focus on what stars are wearing on the red carpet.  If you happened to tune in this past weekend for the 87th Academy Awards then you are well aware that the fashion was at an all time high. Here are a few of my favorite looks:

Julianne Moore won best actress for her film, “Still Alice.” And according to many, she may have won best dressed too. Who was the designer, you ask? It was the infamous Karl Lagerfeld. After approving his very first sketch, Moore entrusted Lagerfeld for her big night. 987 hours and 80,000 hand-painted sequins later, Lagerfeld proved with the one-of-a-kind gown that he always pulls through. And to top it all off, Moore’s win earned her an extra five years of life! Yes, you heard that right. According to her winning speech, if you win an Oscar you gain five years of life. Wouldn’t that be nice!

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One of my personal favorite dresses of the night was the black and silver metallic Armani Privé gown worn by the amazing Naomi Watts. Watts starred in the film that won best picture, “Birdman,” and she was clearly ready for the win. I’m not always won for too much glitz but this long, chic look with the sequined band and dark lip color was nothing short of glamorous. That’s two wins for Watts! Check out her look here:

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Another honorable mention, Lupita Nyong’o and her Calvin Klein pearls. Reportedly her dress had over 6,000 pearls. It was stunning to say the least but if you’ve ever worn pearls, a necklace perhaps, you must be wondering what we all are: how heavy was that dress? According to an interview on the red carpet, the gown was surprisingly comfortable, even to sit in.  Let’s hope so, because I can only assume that gown cost her quite the pretty penny. Comfort or not, Nyong’o was easily one of the most talked about looks of the night. You must see it here:

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So what was your favorite look of the night?

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you about your fashion picks or gown suggestions? Share your tips, comments, and suggestions with the rest of us

KASIA

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