• New York

    Make Your Own Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

    With the holidays just around the corner, we’re all in the perfect New Year’s mood to make some new promises, and hopefully do our best to commit over the months to come. And what could be better for us than improving our lifestyle by introducing certain healthy habits, ditching some of our old vices and making changes we’ve been wanting to make for ages?

    If you’re in the holiday frenzy yourself, and you cannot decide which ones you should or can prioritize, and how to approach your seemingly endless list of healthy resolutions, let’s raise a glass to a year of good health, and dive into some of the resolutions that will ensure a healthier, happier you!

    Slow down

    For most of us, life is often a tangled mess of rushing to and from work, finding time to meet with friends and devoting our time to our families. But in such a state of constant hurry, it’s easy to neglect the simple appreciation of the present moment, or finding the time for much-needed sleep, or a relaxing walk in the park.

    Make a promise to yourself that in times of greatest chaos, you’ll find a technique to slow down – because this is precisely when you need it the most. Create a consistent sleeping schedule to restore your energy, and ditch multitasking for the sake of enjoyment in the simplest things. So, the next time you reach for your remote during lunch or pick up your phone while on a coffee date, take a step back and immerse yourself in the present – it can do wonders for your wellbeing.

    Find your Zen

    When hardship strikes, as it inevitably does from time to time, we need a trusty stress management method. Think of it as a long-term investment, and not something to practice only once the problem has occurred, because preparing yourself for such situations is what you need to increase your resilience to stress.

    For example, mindful meditation, simple breathing exercises, yoga asanas, time spent in nature, or getting a furry companion are known to lower your cortisol levels and balance your hormones into serenity. Take your pick and add years to your life for more New Year’s resolutions ahead.

    A clean slate for your skin

    How about a solemn swear that you’ll take better care of your skin, and that you will do your absolute best to get rid of adornments and embellishments that no longer have any relevance for you? The first several months of 2018 are an ideal time to finally attend to those long-awaited cosmetic procedures that take time to heal.

    If you have tattoos that are a residue of the past, such as an ex’s name, or a poorly designed tattoo, this is a perfect time to consider laser tattoo removal, since it can take several sessions to achieve success and some time to heal properly. Then you can finally start anew and maybe pick new images to adorn your body!

    Change your diet

    How about a change of mindset that will once and for all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle that is based on healthy bites? Whatever your aspirations may be, to lose weight, to gain some muscle, to increase your physical abilities, food is the essential ingredient to achieve such goals.

    Once again, this is a long-term process, one that requires discipline and commitment to healthy habits and making better choices every day. But if you want to stick to a healthy diet, you’ll need a detailed plan, and perhaps some help from a nutritionist, so that you can ensure optimal macro and micronutrient intake that will support your goals.

    Get stronger, leaner, fitter

    What goes hand in hand with a healthy diet? Regular physical activity is often in the top three New Year’s resolutions people make, yet fail to keep. In order to prevent that from happening, do your best to prep for the ordeal: get a fitness buddy as an accountability partner, pay a gym membership for a year in advance, join a dance class, or invest in equipment you can use at home.

    Whatever your preference may be, do your best to prevent yourself from bailing out or postponing the decision for months – your mind and your body will be forever grateful, and you’ll finally cross this one off your list for 2019!

  • Asian,  New York

    Happy the Chinese New Year of Monkey


    Today is the first day of Chinese New Year! And 2016, this year is the year of Monkey!


    Liu Xiaolingtong, a famous Chinese actor for playing a magical Monkey in a traditional Chinese drama recomposed by one of the best Chinese novels, Journey to the West.

    New York City is celebrating the Year of the Monkey in Style!






    Wish you have a wonderful new year and happy every moment!

  • New York,  WorldWide

    @JCPenney’s New Year, New You with DWTS’s @Karina_Smirnoff


    About a week ago, I told a friend that I was going to jot down a New Year’s plan (I say “plan” because I’m not really into the whole “resolutions” thing). And she asked in surprise, “Isn’t it a little late to be making New Year’s resolutions?”

    The answer is NO.

    First of all, I still get to call my plan a New Year’s plan because it’s only January. I mean, give me a break! But even if I wanted to write such a plan in, say, March that would be perfectly fine, too. Fact is, every day you wake up is a new opportunity to be a “new you” or to aspire to a new goal. Heck, you can make a fresh start right in the middle of the day if you want.

    It’s all about setting a goal, making steps to execute it and sticking to it (and not beating yourself up if you happen to fall off track).

    Last week, I attended JCPenney’s New Year, New You Fitness Event at their showroom in SoHo. The event showcased products and apparel from JCPenney, along with ideas to help you make a fresh start for 2014. Just my luck, this fit in perfectly with my New Year’s plan.

    Goal #1 in my New Year’s plan: Get to the gym more consistently
    I’m a (semi) regular at the gym and I want to become more consistent about not breaking gym days.

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    We got to pick a workout outfit from JCPenney’s Xersion and CityStreets Activewear lines. My current workout wardrobe consists of random leggings and tank tops, so just putting this on got me pumped. It’s not just that it looks great; it’s also specially designed for sweating and moving your body. Can’t say the same for my all-purpose leggings.

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    Karina Smirnoff teaches a SoHo

    We put our workout gear to the test during a dance class led by the event host, Dancing with the Star’s Karina Smirnoff. Fortunately, she kept the moves easy-to-follow for us. It was a blast and Karina looked fab in JCPenney’s Xersion and CityStreets Activewear lines.

    Goal #2 in my New Year’s plan: Eat healthy
    I like to eat healthy, wholesome foods, lots of fruits, veggies, fiber and protein. I love making smoothies, which makes it easy for me to down all the good stuff in one cup. For the New Year, I want to do more of this and less of falling into a takeout rut.

    After the class, Karina juiced healthy treats with JCPenney’s Bella High Power Juice Extractor and Magic Bullet Blender. Celebrity nutritionist and chef Melissa Petitto was also onsite creating delicious and healthy juices and smoothies with JCPenney’s national brand juicers to quick our thirst.

    Karina Smirnoff juice  JCPenney'SoHo

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    We took home the Bella Rocket Blender for ourselves. I already used it and I’m hooked. It’s so much easier and convenient that the standard blender I’d been using.

    Whatever your plans (or resolutions) are for the New Year, you can’t go wrong with staying active and eating healthy. Just try to spend a little time on your goals each day and you’ll be where you want to be in no time!

  • New York,  WorldWide

    Love for Self: 2012

    It is that time of the year to write my favorite post… My year round up for 2011 (Expand your Network) and to get all ready for 2012.  This year is the year of the DRAGON and I hope it brings adventure and excitement for everyone!

    So here we go with the 2011 in New York, Detroit, Edmonton, Toronto recap…

    My mom came to visit me in New York and then my best friend Janice visited too! The biggest snowstorm hit the city and then I met Talib Kweli at his Gutter Rainbows listening party.

    Amanda Panda started working at Hollywood Life so we got to hang out a lot! Going to lots of events and meeting interesting people. Feb was the first ever social media week and Fashion Week! It was only a matter of time til I ran into the guy who was gonna change my life.

    The beginning of this month was exciting! I met someone really amazing at an event and we really hit it off. It is amazing and the beginning of an epic tale. I went to a Lupe concert and then Jacob made a friend… Elly!

    Renyi was born this month! My first lil nephew. I went to Edmonton to see him and his is so adorable and squishy… Happy Birthday baby!

    Diesel throws the best parties and I had my very first aura reading. I am totally YELLOW and glowing with creative energy! So much to look forward to right? I went to Ford Trend Conference in Detroit. We got to test drive cars and I met Malcolm Gladwell.

    Birthday month! I turned 27 and had a wild lil brunch in Greenwich Village and my cousin Wesley came to spend his summer interning here. Nothing like summer time in New York City!

    Summer was a blur of food festivals, motorcycle adventures and trade shows! Mornings at work, afternoons at the pool… this is life!

    I took a hiatus from life because I was too busy in love. 🙂 Shopping at Woodbury Commons, late nights on the Ducati thru Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn… Movie dates, lunch rendez-vous – I think I can get use to this.

    Just caught the tail end of Toronto International Film Festival and the big big news….My sister got married! It was a fun time in Toronto and everyone met everyone and it was a big family union. Look at my handsome date.

    Halloween Parade in New York and work work work. I got to go to Toronto for Canadian Thanksgiving and spend time with friends. Jacob and I got to test a brand new product called the SuperCollar. The Ducati store reopened in Manhattan and we went to see all the dream bikes.

    My sweetie pie indulged my dog obsession and went to Meet the Breeds with me in New York! We saw probably over 200 different dogs… Weee!

    Holidays in Brooklyn was amazing. No snow yet but this year sure went by fast. Spending with my boo and his family made it all the more special.

    So this is my 2011… Wonder what is gonna happen in 2012?

    Here is the book I recommend to kick start what you want. Love for Self is the most paramount thing for me this year.

    Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett

    See what I did in 2010

    See what I did in 2009