From sage-ing your new apartment in the hopes of clearing negative energy to burning palo santo and other healing herbs as part of your self-care Sunday routine to try to lift your spirits, smudging has become the go-to method for the wellness-savvy set to reach #goodvibesonly status. And now, herbs like sage, cedar, juniper, sweetgrass, and palo santo aren’t just for your home—they’re the latest thing in skin care as well. Check out my article on Well + Good to learn more.
If you've been reading my blog for a long time, then you watched my life and content evolve throughout the years and are right there with me. Can you believe I've been doing this for eight years? As I became more wellness minded in my personal life, my definition of beauty changed and content shifted to a place of raw authenticity that I'm proud to share with you. Today, I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with Rituals, the number one selling bath and body line in Europe that's rapidly making its mark in the US. Truthfully, if I could create my own beauty brand, I would follow the same formula – putting wellness first and (what we think of as) beauty second.
Planking is hands down one of the best exercises you can do for your core, but it also strengthens and tones your back, glutes and shoulders. No matter what type of workout you're into, there's always room for a plank. During class at The Bar Method Hoboken, we do two planks and sometimes our teachers even sneak in a (much welcomed) third. Here, owners Melissa and Lucy share everything you need to know to make sure you're getting the most out of the exercise. From form to timing, we got you covered.
If you live in the Hoboken or NYC area, then you might be interested in a new yoga program I'm launching – a 4-week beginners series. Whether you're new to yoga and want to learn the postures before attending an open class or are already a practicing yogi and want to perfect your form, through private instruction you'll learn the classic postures and any modifications that'll support your movement. Email me to learn more.
As someone with very fine hair (and not a lot of it), I've tried every extension variety to make it appear fuller throughout the years. Being on TV, it's important for me to be able to enhance what I have. From tape-in to clip-in and bonded extensions, I've tried them all, but while I love the way they look, they're really just temporary bandaids for a bigger problem. I've taken different types of skin, hair and nail supplements since I was young, but always remained skeptical of their efficacy until now thanks to science.
Isn't it funny how our calendars fill up like crazy during the holidays? It's not even Thanksgiving yet and the season is already in full swing, which for me provokes a great deal of anxiety. Already on our calendar are attending family dinners and parties, jazz concerts, the NYC Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, and this year Joe and I are looking to move apartments in December too, which just adds to the craziness. With what feels like a suffocating calendar full of fun events, the only way I can truly enjoy the season is by focusing on the moment and calming my anxiety. Here's a easy breathing meditation from Dr. Andrew Weil that I incorporate into my day. Hope it helps you, too!
It seems silly to spend so much money gifting "wants" during the holiday season when there are so many in need around the world. This year, when giving to friends and family, think about also helping others. Here are our top picks of gifts that give back for the wellness minded, beauty addict, fitness enthusiast and foodie that help a handful of noteworthy causes around the globe.
Even as a veteran beauty editor, I find product labels confusing. Since the FDA doesn't regulate the term "natural," shopping for clean beauty buys is one of the trickiest tasks. I partnered with New Beauty to produce and host this video on "How to Shop for Clean Beauty Buys" in hopes it'll help you cut through the clutter. Well, at least some of it! Check it out and let me know what you think.
SOLE, salt water made with super concentrated HIMALAYAN PINK SALt, IS know for it's detoxing properties. However, drinking it daily can also HELP WITH DIGESTION and SLEEP DEPRIVATION. Here's why you should get involved.
Exfoliating your face is a crucial step in your regimen. However, the wrong method of exfoliation can do more harm than good. In fact, it can send your complexion in an extreme direction, making oily skin even oilier and dry skin even drier. Check out my latest for Well + Good on How to Exfoliate for Your Skin Type.
Just as the leaves on the trees are about to change, it's time for our palettes to adjust as well. Fall is here! And that means it's time to try something new. With the help of some of our favorite food bloggers, we're rounding up the most delicious vegan dishes to whip up at home.
As a hardcore yogi and #barrebabe, I understand the importance of stretching in order to look and feel my best, however I find many of my friends and readers tell me they skip it before or after working out. When it comes to The Bar Method, I appreciate that the class strategically fits stretching exercise in between the tucks and pulses to compliment the toning movements. I spoke with Founders of The Bar Method Hoboken, Lucy and Melissa, to find out just how important stretching is during a barre class and in life.
I first met Cait about ten years ago when I was a beauty editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. At the time she was a beauty editor at Life & Style, and I looked up to her as she seemed to have it all figured out. She's always been supportive of my freelance career and I'm incredibly proud of what she's accomplished during the past few years. Now a cancer survivor, Cait utilized her relationships in beauty and personal experience to help others fight their battles while looking and feeling their best by writing "Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer." At her book launch party, she said, "This was never about me writing a book. This was about me wanting to help others." And that's exactly the type of person Cait is – selfless. Here, she speaks to her journey and gives valuable life advice.
If you're anything like us, you have a sweet tooth and baked goods are hard to pass up! Martha Stewart shows us how replacing the gluten in wheat flour for cornstarch will still give you the same irresistible taste.
It was January of 2016 when I first heard of Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, NJ and visiting has been on my bucket list ever since. This past weekend, Joe and I had the opportunity to take a tour of the sanctuary given by the Founder, Mike, who's one of my heroes. You can only imagine how excited I was as he began to tell his story and the stories of all of the rescued animals that he treats as children. Founded in January 2015, the 232 acre property is now home to animals he personally rescued including cows, goats, pigs, chickens, even a bull and more.
Yesterday, when I woke up to the horrific news about Las Vegas, I felt numb. In shock, I didn't feel the deep, heartbreaking sadness that I felt when hearing of mass shootings in the past right away. It took me time to process the reality of what happened and today, I'm there – heartbroken. I can't put forward another post promoting a TV segment or telling you about my favorite new skincare products without addressing what's heavy on all of our hearts. Writing is therapeutic for me and if anything, I'm not embarrassed to put my thoughts and feelings out there as I know some of you are feeling the same way.
Last week, I appeared for the first time on Daily Mail TV! The show made it's debut on 9/18 and I had the honor of working with them during their first week on air.
Since doing this fitness column about The Bar Method, a lot of you have been asking common questions about the class, so I thought I'd do a post to answer them. Founders of the Hoboken studio, Lucia Almeida-Oliveira and Melissa Opsahl took the time to fill me in. Here, find out how long it takes to begin noticing results, truths about muscle bulking and how to integrate the practice into your fitness routine.
I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up during a time without the Internet and everything that comes with it. Remember before we were on AIM, before we had cell phones and before carefully crafting our MySpace profiles, things were a lot simpler. We actually had to wait by our phones if we were expecting a call, and I don't know about you, but I loved recording my voicemail with the help of Gwen Stefani. Back then, Cosmopolitan magazine was the authority for my friends and I and MTV music videos were the ultimate form of entertainment. It's amazing how much has changed in really, so little time.
For the past two weeks, Joe and I ate our way through Italy. Literally. We visited Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Rome and everywhere in between – eating. As a gluten-free vegan, eating in Italy is always challenging. My coveted smoothies, acaí bowls and salads are nowhere to be found abroad. Here, I share the challenges I faced when flirting with gluten and some go-to Italian meals that I put together off of restaurant menus. While it's not easy for me to eat anywhere but in NYC or LA (they just get me!), it's doable. If I can do it in Italy, you can do it anywhere.
If you want to watch behind the scenes of beauty blogging and TV segment prep, tune into my Facebook Live segments every Sunday at 11:30am. There, I'll be unboxing the week's mailings and dishing on what I'm working on for the week to come. Unedited. No makeup. Just #werk. I'll also be doing Facebook Live's randomly with experts and brands to showcase new treatments, campaigns and products. Follow along to get pop-up notices when I go live!.
Turmeric is more than a flavorful cooking spice. It's also a powerful nutritional supplement, containing bioactive compounds with effective medicinal benefits. For starters, Curcumin, the most desirable extract of turmeric, has major anti-inflammatory benefits. Here are seven health benefits of turmeric. Get ready to sprinkle.
Summer may be over, but I have to share my summer reading list. In the beginning of the season, I asked for book recommendations on Facebook and was flooded with responses. Here's what I read and highly recommend. Most of them are thanks to my good friend, Lauren.
I'm excited to share that I'm now a columnist for AhaLife's The Good Guide. As a beauty and wellness journalist and expert, I partnered with the brand to create an "Ask Jeannine" series and will be answering all of your questions monthly. From skincare ingredients to fitness routines and acaí bowl recipes, bring it on! Check out my interview here and first column in response to the question, "What Anti-Aging Ingredient Should I Be Looking Out For?" Stay tuned for more of "Ask Jeannine!"
Bar Method just celebrated their 16 year anniversary, but I've only been taking class (religiously) for two of them. During that short time, I've been inspired, made new friends and learned the technique that keeps my muscles lean and toned. The community alone at The Bar Method Hoboken is reason enough to go daily. Meet the ten teachers who encourage me to "get lower" and tuck with purpose.
The tragedy in Texas has been unbearable to even watch on the news. Each day that passes, I sit and wish I could be of more help, and even though I've donated, I still feel helpless. I'm sure if you're reading this, then you feel the same way. Besides the misplaced people and animals, looting is happening and the entire situation seems to be out of control despite all of the relief efforts. It's going to take a long time for the community to rebuild and get their feet back on the ground. There are many ways you can help through donations and here are the ones that caught my eye.
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts for the first time. My best friend, Adrienne, and I found the experience exceeded our expectations and we came back to NYC energized, restored and inspired. If you follow me or Canyon Ranch on Instagram (I took over their account), then you saw that I had the recent opportunity to go back for round two. With work out clothes and notebooks, Adrienne and I eagerly hopped in the car.
If you watch NBC, then you might have already seen the promo commercial I'm hosting about "Clear the Shelters," a campaign where animal shelters across the country will be offering low cost or waived adoption fees on Saturday, August 19th. When the email came in asking me to host and I saw that they wanted me to interview a veterinarian and help promote animal adoption, I was over the moon. You guys know how I feel about helping animals and hosting with NBC is a career dream. As an animal activist and supporter of the campaign, I have to fill you guys in on how you can participate.
I finally listened to Tony Robbins' podcast and it's just the pick-me-up I need to keep myself in check. Have you guys listened to it yet? I'm curious to hear your thoughts. This one was titled, "How to Rid Excuses and Meet Your Goals." Both my husband, Joe, and I found it informative and inspiring and appreciate the fact that he's a straight shooter. Here are his three steps to getting out of your own way.
When I put out a call-to-action on Facebook asking friends and family to share heart warming stories of compassion for my Soul Candy series, I received an overwhelming response. This one comes from my friend Arlene who lives in Florida and witnessed how one simple gesture could make someone's day.