1. Workout Fuel: 3 Nutritionist-Approved Smoothies

    What we eat before and after we hit the court is just as important as staying hydrated and taking the time to properly stretch. But what exactly should we be feeding our bodies? We asked nutritionist Amy Shapiro of Real Nutrition to share her favorite workout smoothie recipes. Get your blender ready.



    Green Energy Kick

    1 cup baby spinach

    1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 

    1/2 green apple

    1/2 banana

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1 TBSP chia seeds

    1 TBSP rolled oats


    Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Recommend completing intake 30 minutes before exercising.


    From Amy: “This is a great smoothie to enjoy an hour before your workout as it is loaded with easily digestible carbohydrates to fuel your workout without weighing you down by too much fiber, fat or protein. The chia seeds will help to keep you hydrated during your workout, the oats will maintain energy levels, and the fruits contain important nutrients including electrolytes to keep your muscles firing. The fiber from the whole fruits and veggies will also provide sustained energy for a solid workout.”


    Post-Workout Refuel

    1 cup unsweetened almond milk

    1 cup frozen berries

    1/2 banana

    1 cup greens (we like spinach)

    1 TBSP chia seeds

    1 serving protein powder or two scoops collagen peptides

    Cinnamon 


    Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. 


    From Amy: “This low calorie, high fiber, and nutrient rich smoothie will refuel your muscles with protein and electrolytes. When paired with fruit and heart healthy fats, your appetite will be satisfied as well. Refueling within an hour of exercise is important and smoothies are an easy way to meet your needs even when in a rush! Drink up!”


    Tropical Greens

    1 cup coconut water

    1/2 cup frozen spinach

    1 medium frozen banana

    3/4 cup frozen mango

    1 tsp spirulina

    1/4 avocado

    Fresh mint to taste


    Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender, mix until well combined.  


    From Amy: “This smoothie rehydrates, fights free radicals, and will provide refreshing energy post-workout. What tastes better after a long sweaty workout than fresh fruits and veggies? Filled with potassium, this will help you fight off muscle cramps too!”



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  2. Southampton Summer Pop-Up Shop


    We’ve set up shop in Southampton for the summer! Our pop-up is stocked with our latest collection, plus swimwear from Heidi Klein. Here’s everything you need to know: 


    THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    Located in the heart of Southampton, our shop is close to some of our favorite destinations out East! After you shop, grab lunch at Sant Ambroeus, stock up on cookies at Tate’s Bake Shop or sit down for dinner at Tutto Il Giorno


    THE COLLECTION

    We’ve filled the shelves with our newest arrivals, which means you’ll be covered from the court to the course. Chic pointelle lace tennis whites worthy of Wimbledon and argyle golf polos made with our technical merino wool yarn are summer must-haves. If yoga is more your thing, our performance capris and sports bras will have you ready to hit the studio. We’re also giving you one more chance to pick up your favorite styles from past seasons before they’re gone!

    And since it wouldn’t be summer without the beach, we teamed up with our friends at Heidi Klein to offer pieces from their latest swimwear collection.


    THE DETAILS

    Monday - Friday 10AM - 6PM

    Saturday 10AM - 7PM

    Sunday 11AM - 5PM


    54 Jobs Lane, Southampton New York


    We’ll see you in Southampton!



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  3. Facialist Aida Bicaj’s Summer Skincare Guide

    Long weekends, beach days and more time to play outside — summer is officially here! To help us welcome the season (and the sun and sweat that comes with it), we asked Biologique Recherche ambassador and celebrity facialist Aida Bicaj to share her must-have products and skin tips for summer. Aida is trusted by everyone from Kyra Sedgwick to Jenna Lyons and her Upper East Side spa is our CEO and Creative Director Yesim Philip’s go-to spot for facials. Here’s everything you need to know to have your best skin ever this summer!

    What products or steps in our routines are the most important to update for summer?

    Cleanse skin with milky cleansers, not foamy ones. Foaming cleansers can strip skin of off its natural oils. Also choose your toners carefully. Use toner that gently removes dead skin cells. My favorites for warm seasons are Future Cosmetics Boutique Floral Lotion No. 1 and Floral Lotion  No. 2, and, of course, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. One more tip: when it’s humid and hot, I prefer using serums in place of moisturizers. I recommend Future Cosmetics Boutique Beauty Drops No. 3, or Biologique Recherche Serum Elastine Pure and Serum Extraits Tissulaire.


    What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to summer skincare?

    Try to limit use of SPF to during outdoor activities, like at the beach, hiking, golf, tennis, etc. If you are just traveling from home to work, it is not necessary to apply SPF for a few minutes to sun exposure since SPFs do clog your pores if used continuously. Using hydrating masks, like Biologique Recherche Masque VIP 02 and Visolastine Plus, is a general recommendation.

    When it comes to SPF, what should we be looking for?

    I consider SPF an investment and always recommend top shelf SPFs, such as Medical Beauty Research SPF for face and body.  

    And if we get a sunburn, how should we treat it?

    Apply aloe vera. If the sunburn is rather severe, you may pour yourself a bath and dilute a pack of baking soda in it. It will help relieve the pain caused by the sunburn.  

    What’s the best way to take care of skin after a workout?

    Try to cleanse and exfoliate right after the workout.  


    What treatments are your go-tos for summer?

    Manual Lift: Our estheticians use a special technique to control the level of exfoliation using products derived from seaweed powder that mildly tweak the skin to restore elasticity. This treatment also stimulates circulation and the production of new cells that leaves your skin looking tighter, smoother, and healthier.

    Soin Lissant: Similar to the Manual Lift, this treatment targets sensitive, reactive, dull skin. Application of a mild powder and lymphatic drainage techniques leave the skin calm, smooth and tight.

    HydraFacial Treatment is created for all skin types and for any age. HydraFacial is gentle procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction of impurities, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. The results are immediate and lasting. Your skin will look youthful, plump and radiant. With regular use it will help to diminish enlarged pores and reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


    Your #1 summer skincare/beauty tip:

    Stay away from direct sun exposure.

    Visit Aida Bicaj at 30 E 67th Street, 5th Floor, New York, 10065.

     www.aidabicaj.com

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