Halloween Weekend 2017

Halloween.. I feel like people either love it or hate it. I always kinda fell in the in-between and usually pull together a costume a day or two before.

This year, I decided to plan ahead of time because it also happened to fall on my father-in-law’s 70th birthday weekend. He decided to throw a costume party so we had to make it one to remember!

Supin and I dressed up as a dead doctor and nurse duo – full of cuts, blood and bruises. Definitely not my typical halloween look, but it was so much fun to get into character and create the final looks using LOTS of stage blood, eyeliner, dark eyeshadow, liquid latex and a whole lot of patience 😉 Here are the final looks:

  

What did you guys dress up as this year? Let me know in the comments down below!

XOXO,

Shaira

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My Go-To Fitness Classes in NYC

Sharing some of my all time favorite classes in NYC! Each of these classes are 100% in my weekly routine and are the perfect blend of cardio, strength training and yoga.

Doonya – By far one of my favorite workouts and is far more than a Bollywood inspired fitness class. In fact, Doonya focuses on improving core strength and endurance through dance. When you take a class taught by Doonya’s CEO and dear friend, Rohan Sheth (@bolly_hero), you will find yourself leaving behind any negativity or stress from your day as your plank, burpee and bolly tap your way through this 50+ minute workout. Total judgement free zone, no dance experience required and you’ll leave class totally drenched and feeling more energized than when you first walked in. Here’s a video of a fun shoot I was a part of that’ll give you a preview of what to expect in class: Doonya !

Mile High Run Club – I’m by no means an expert runner and to be totally honest, had reservations about signing up for what seemed like a pretty intense running class. I was SO pleasantly surprised at how welcoming the instructors were to newbies and how they were able to cater the class to runners at all levels. My now favorite class, Dash 28, is 45 minutes and includes 28 minutes of structured intervals, followed by 10 minutes of running-focused strength + power training with kettlebells. After 4 classes, I comfortably advanced to the High 45 class, which places more emphasis on running. Playlists are always on point – I’m usually belting out to Beyoncé in the front row.. (sidenote: love that this studio is dimly lit & the music is LOUD because no one needs to hear/see that LOL). Half marathon in my future? Who know’s.. but for now, I’m grateful to be able to keep up with Supin on our evening runs.

Y7 – This class cannot and should not be compared to other yoga classes. I first heard about Y7 from a guy friend of mine from college. I was intrigued by his enthusiasm towards this studio, so decided to give it a try. Once I took their Hip-Hop Wednesday class, I was instantly hooked! The studio is candlelit and raised to a temperature of ~90 degrees. The 60 minute class focuses on 3 flows (short yoga routines) which are broken down for you. The pace picks up and (my favorite part), the music is turned up for you to flow at your own pace for 2 minutes. During this time, you can do the flow, practice a pose, or just sit in child’s pose. It’s yoga without the pressure, though I must warn you – bring a towel and be prepared to S-W-E-A-T! #detox

Jillian Michaels BODYSHREAD – In the mood for a quick workout, but don’t want to commit to a full hour? This is your class! This 30 minute metabolic conditioning class will have your burning fat and extra calories for days. The class uses Jillian’s 3-2-1 interval/circuit training approach: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs. Class will fly by and covers everything from squats, to mountain climbers, to really effective abdominal techniques. Such a great to take with friends when you’re kicking off a busy day or winding down from a long week. My ab-solute go-to (no pun intended) 😉

Enjoy and hope to see you in class!

XOXO,

Shaira

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5 Simple Ways To Jump-Start Your Saturday

So it’s finally the ‘freakin’ weekend baby’ and what a whirlwind week it’s been. You have a million and one things piled up on your to do list: brunch, laundry, a Trader Joe’s run… not to mention, your apartment’s a total mess. Sound familiar?

Sometimes the work week can take away so much time from just ‘doing life’, that the thought of tackling your to do list becomes so daunting, that you just don’t do it.

Here are 5 simple tips that I do to kick-start my Saturday, which have helped me refocus and prioritize the important things:

Make Your Bed – I know it sounds ridiculous, but making your bed in the morning is THE way to prime your brain for a day full of accomplishments. Some of the most successful and influential leaders of our time start off each day by doing just that. If you think about it, making your bed can be the very first accomplishment you complete for the day and only takes 2 minutes.

Ditch the Coffee – If you’re a coffee addict like me, you might just stop reading here. Please continue… it’s worth it! It’s recommended to drink between 250 to 500 mL of water first thing in the morning. Water, which makes up 80% of your brain tissue, will help you fully wake up and maximize cognitive capacity. Adding fresh fruit can help change up the taste as you drink throughout the day. A quenched brain = a productive morning!

Get a workout in – Increasing your heart rate and breaking a sweat releases endorphins which will leave you feeling like you’ve moved mountains. This could be as simple as taking a walk outside, holding plank for 2 minutes or taking a fitness class.  Movement wakes up the brain.

Leave the work email at work – I’m guilty of looking at email as soon as my alarm goes off, while on vacation and definitely on the weekends. It’s something I’m actively working on improving but I’m not there yet. I’ve started by simply not checking emails over the weekend. The truth is, the weekend is YOUR time. Use it to reset, refocus and re-energize.

Plan your day – I’m huge on to-do lists (probably to a fault). Often times, especially on the weekends, it’s couch time, texting, Netflix and then deciding on what your plans are for the day. Next weekend, plan your Saturday before it happens and see just how much you actually accomplish! A simple checklist of what you want to get done will help you prioritize what’s important and will help you to manage your time efficiently.

XOXO,
Shaira

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NYFW RECAP

Another NYFW in the books! Fashion Week is such an amazing event that leaves you feeling completely exhausted, but SO energized at the same time. This year, I got to experience the SS’18 collections of some world class designers, including Galtiscopio, Runa Ray, Cindy Monteiro, Dan Liu and Vaishali Shadangule. Each show was vastly different from the last – from the lighting, to the performances, to of course, the collections.

My favorites:

Parisian watch label, Galtiscopio kicked off their collection with a performance by Ray-J (which was so fun!). The line consisted of elegant dresses that had a modern, yet glitzy touch. Color schemes included ocean blue, gold/bronzes and romantic reds.

 

Cindy Monteiro took traditional cotton and linen garments and created fashion forward looks – accessorizing them with raw materials including shells and sugarcane. The collection, named Bernadina was brought to life as models walked down the all white runway barefoot, illustrating both the strength and softness of a woman.

Finally, Vaishali Shadangule’s show was all about the senses. Her Indian-influenced music complimented her looks, which were a culmination of East meets West. The drapery took influence from the traditional Indian saree, but was draped in less traditional ways, which brought her pieces to life.

Until next time!

XOXO,
Shaira

 

 

*Photos by Slaven Vlasic (Galtiscopio) & Thos Robinson (Cindy Monteiro & Vaishali S.)

 

 

 

 

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