WHY SOME OF THE COOLEST CARDIO INSTRUCTORS ARE WEARING BEANIES WHILE THEY WORK OUT

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By Priya Rao |February 20, 2017

Fitness fashion trends ebb and flow quicker than a six-minute Baptiste yoga sequence, but one accessory that seems to have staying power is the beanie. Show up to one of New York City’s buzzier dance cardio spots and you’ll spot someone sweating her way through the workout with a wool topper.

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And with fitfluencers like Vixen Workout’s Janet Jones, SoulCycle’s Sandra Jacob, and Broadway Dance Center’s Joanna Numata keeping their hats on (60 degree winter weather be damned), it seems to be as integral a part of the workout as mastering the grapevine.

“It puts me in my element,” says AKT in Motion founder and dance cardio superstar Anna Kaiser, who remembers sporting beanies as far back as the mid-’90s with major choreographers like Tina Landon and Wade Robson. “When you dress the part, you feel the part—and [you’re] more likely to perform that part.”

Kaiser, whose sell-out fitness fashion collab with Target featured a workout-ready beanie, notes that it’s a throwback look—but it’s not all form over function. “Beanies are such a big part of urban streetwear and that movement.” she explains. “[It’s] an homage, like baggy pants; it lends itself to a style of dancing and a way of moving.”

Plus, it’s way easier to get into choreography for “One Dance” if you’ve loosened up your ballerina bun. “Something about wearing a beanie when dancing to Drake makes me feel more comfortable,” explains Phoebe Kurtzman of Broadway Bodies. “It would be very difficult to dance to hip-hop if I was wearing a leotard and tights with my hair pulled back.”

If you’re ready to go all hats-off on this trend and, you know, keep your beanie on, there’s one style rule these pros suggest you follow: “Coverage on top means less coverage elsewhere. If I’m wearing a hat, I’m also wearing dance shorts,” says Heather Grosse of Mitchell Wayne Productions.

Kaiser agrees and says that when it comes to adding street-style elements into your workout wardrobe, the way to keep your look (and your body) cool, is to layer. “I’ll wear a hoodie that I can take off or [a] pair of sweatpants with shorts underneath.”

Fashion #fitspo aside, Numata says sometimes leaving her beanie on serves a completely practical purpose: “It gives a bit of edge to your look—just like a pop of color. But sometimes, sure, it’s about a bad hair day.” And who hasn’t had one of those?

For more ways to channel your inner badass while you workout, check out Misty Copeland’s new capsule collection for Under Armour, and see the exercises Lady Gaga uses to get hyped before she hits the stage.

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5 Ways To Escape A Bad Date

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Meet @TheJanelleMarie, an actress, dancer, host, and  Certified Vixen Workout instructor in Los Angeles.  She is also the first-ever Latina Host on Monster Jam.  Being single in Los Angeles you find your fair share of Mr. Wrongs and dates that couldn’t end fast enough. Janelle has been nice enough to create this video to help the rest of us escape Mr. Wrong.  By the time you’re done watching her hilarious YouTube video you’ll be fully equipped with the best exit strategies for any bad date scenario. 

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Client Spotlight: The Jesse Diaz Love Story

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Jessie Diaz aka @curveswithmoves

Jessie Diaz has had an amazing couple of years.  As a member of the #vixenarmy, you could catch her front row in our Manhattan classes slaying every single move. She then took the leap and became a Certified Vixen Workout Instructor, taking her love of dance and using it to inspire others.  She’s an huge advocate for body positivity and letting others know that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes.  If life wasn’t grand already, she then makes the most beautiful baby with the love of her life, gets married, then lands a national Lane Bryant campaign and lives happily ever after.  Thank you Jessie for sharing your story with us and giving the rest of us hope.  (Patiently waiting for price charming in our DM’s like…)

Describe each moment:

When did you meet? We met about 3 years ago because he messaged me on Instagram after recognizing me from an old blog post featuring curvy women.

How did you meet? We flirting on Instagram for a bit and decided to meet for coffee.

What was your first impression of him? He was tall! He is a whole foot taller than me, maybe more. We actually didn’t get it off in person. It was weird. The date felt forced. We left feeling ok about it but decided to continue talking over the phone and texting and had a much better 2nd date at a Mexican bar!

How did he win your heart? 
He was always a gentlemen. And passionate about God and his career goals.

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Where was your first date? Well I’ll go with my second bc our coffee date was awkward. But he took me to this hole in the wall Mexican joint that to this day has the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted! They had a karaoke machine and so he proceeded to turn it on and serenade me. He has an amazing voice.

Where was your first kiss? After our second date before going home.

When did you realize you were in love? Around the holidays, about 3 months in. Something about the holidays that make you fall in love.

Who first said, “I love you”? I don’t remember! Haha I think him?

Most romantic moment since you’ve met. 
One of my favorite dates was going to have spiked coffee and watch live jazz, then to the IFC theater to watch the Oscar-nominated foreign short film nominees. It was a cultural and romantic experience!


Most awkward or embarrassing moment since you’ve met. 
Omg, I totally fell down a flight of stairs 4 months into dating and he had to pick me up and bring me to his place to have him and his mother bandage me up. That was my second time meeting his mom!

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3 things you have in common
Our love for 80s synth pop bands like Wham and Culture Club.
Our love for travel
Our love for Christ

3 things you don’t have in common
Certain political views
Olives, yuck
He doesn’t like ratchet music so that’s my escape when I’m alone in the car!

Top 3 wedding moments 
Our first dance because it was amazing and choreographed and we spent a couple days working on it.
Me and my dad’s first dance because I get my dancing skills from him and we just laughed the whole time.
Our midnight countdown into confetti blast since our wedding was this past NYE.

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I got 99 problems but ??? Love ain’t one!

How hard was it to write vows? No because we didn’t! Haha we went traditional and were happy with that.

Describe your personal evolution as a woman throughout your relationship. Well I became a mom first before a wife so becoming a mom changes you. You become selfless and nurturing and …a little more stressed. But my maturity level has changed and the fact that my husband is such an amazing father and partner in crime helps me become a better parent and wife

As a woman, what do you think is the key to finding love? Patience! I’ve dated some lame guys, even damaging to my aura. Guys that didn’t suit me but I feared to be lonely. I think it’s ok to be alone and wait to a good guy. Dating casually is fine but don’t commit yourself to someone if you don’t feel right about something.

Top 3 tricks or advice to keep love alive in a relationship regardless of time, ups or downs. Don’t go to bed angry, it’ll be hard to sleep and you don’t wanna wake up upset!
Pray! If you believe in God, I cannot tell you how much that has been essential in our relationship. Keeping God at the center of it all.
Mix things up for date night. Don’t become the couch couple. Try to do something fun once a month. Last month we went to Art Battle NYC and had a blast!

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Cheers to that!

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2 Simple Beauty Looks For Valentine’s Day

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Debbie De La Fe is not only a Vixen Master Trainer, but she is also an amazing Makeup Artist who has blessed us all with a Youtube Channel filled with tutorials on how to look like her… well, at least we can learn how to apply our makeup like Debbie.  Below you can find a great tutorial on a soft Valentine’s look in addition to her fave products.

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SOFT VALENTINE’S DAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL 

DEBBIE’S PICKS

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Bobbi Brown Long Wear Liquid Liner in “Golden Bronze Sparkle” – perfect to add a little bronzy twist to your basic black winged liner!
 
Becca Cosmetics “Champagne Pop” – highlight for the perfect glow with a healthy pink undertone.
 
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection – you can create the perfect peach V-Day look or go for something more bronzed and sultry with this versatile palette!
 
Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in “Apri-Cot In The Middle” – to give your cheeks that perfect peachy glow.

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Celina Beach is our newest addition to the Vixen Workout Instructor family and will be bringing her talents to our Wynwood Studio in Miami.  Besides being an Uhmazinggg dancer, homegirl can beat that face!  Celina has worked as a professional MUA for years, and most recently as a Senior Makeup Artist for Glam Squad in Miami.
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 SIMPLE AND SEXY VALENTINES LOOK

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For a sexy date night look or for every day, I always opt for something that does the job well but doesn’t require too many products. My go-to products: 

Mac Face and Body Foundation Sheer coverage, water resistant… no one will know you’re wearing anything on your skin! This is my HOLY GRAIL of foundations! It’s the most inconspicuous foundation EVER and I SWEAR by it.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye illumination Concealer – conceals dark under eyes and gives a little radiance.. a little bit goes a long way so it definitely does its job without too much product waste. 

-Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse (true red) or Babe Alert (nude rose) – totally 100% smooch proof!! 

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – beats Dior and Too Faced and Benefits butt!! Legit volume and length! 

Keratase VIP Volume in Powder or Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray – when you marry a dry shampoo and hair spray together you get this voluminous medium hold to make your effortless waves last. Gives a little oomph to your hair as you transition into the evening.

 

 

The Fashion Muse: Valentine’s Day Style Picks

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Priscilla Torres, aka The Fashion Muse, is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger from Miami and she is giving us some tips what to wear this Valentines Day.  Bae or Bae-less, plans or not, as a member of the #vixenarmy we must stay stuntin’.  

Whether you are single AF this VDAY or hanging out with Bae, you have to look sexy either way.  As women, we often come across a very problematic question, though….. A question that will lead us to frustration five minutes before we actually have to leave “What do I even wear?”.

If this is you and you often find yourself in this situation, no worries I’ve got you covered! Whether you’re a corporate girl boss, a working mom, a student, we’re all badasses in every way. Check out my tips, tricks, and some of my favorite currently trending styles to look snatched this Valentine’s day (in any situation) without breaking the bank.

1. Romantic Dinner with Bae

Let’s get real ladies, your bae should treat you like if its V-Day every day! But, on this special day, it’s never bad to dress a little extra (or just every day in general -duh). It’s time to spice things up, serve him body, and slay.

The Sexy Red Dress

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Leave your little black dress at home, this red dress will have all eyes on you. I believe having a sassy red dress in your closet for special occasions like this is a major wardrobe staple! Outfit details:  Diva Boutique Online

2. When your crush walks into the office party

Ugh… We’ve definitely all been there. A hot guy walks in and you start to double guess pretty much your whole entire life! Most of us would consider “workwear” to be plain ol’ boring, well it doesn’t have to be. You can spruce up that office attire without crossing the boundary.

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Denim is so versatile and easy to style especially when you’re on the go. That’s why I picked this denim midi dress for the office party. Those flirty ruffles on the dress won’t be the only flirty ones at this party!

Outfit Details: (Similar Style) Forever 21

3. Netflix & Chill

Netflix & chill on valentines? Um…. Yas! The perfect planned date for any single lady. If you’re like me, Netflix and chill are the two words that turn me on any day. Whether you’re having your girlfriends over to watch the latest Magic Mike movie or just catching up on some sob cheesy chick flick movie, one must always look comfy BUT cute.

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I’m so obsessed with mixing oversized pieces into my outfits lately. This denim bomber just makes everything look comfy! Don’t forget to snap selfies of your Netflix & chill night, oh and the wine of course…

Outfit details: Pants: Forever 21  Oversized Denim Jacket: Forever 21

4. GNO

Forget the guys, this one is for the girls! Define Galentine’s and step out on the scene with your best girlfriends. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than women empowering women, so might as well look hot altogether.

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Taking risks with trends isn’t always a tragic thing, it’s more about finding a way to werkkkkk it. I loved this netted dress for a GNO (the blush color was so fitting for the occasion). Tip: don’t stress about having to wear specific undergarments with see through products. I paired this dress with a high waisted bikini under!

Outfit Details: Dress: Forever 21

5. Single AF

You’re single, don’t stress. Your milkshakes still bring all the boys to the yard. Whether you’re living up the single life or looking for a papi, I’ve got you covered with one hot number!

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Is it just me, or do thigh high boots make everything sexier? I love pairing thigh high boots with oversized tees, or some ripped shorts & a band tee!

Follow the Fashion Muse on Instagram & Facebook 

 

 

Vixen Workout Studio: Opening Soon

Attention #VIXENARMY!

I wanted to give you guys an update on the Vixen Workout Studio.  When we locked down the space back in October, I thought we would be all moved in by December for sure.  What I hadn’t anticipated was how excruciating the permit process is at the City of Miami is.  Four Months later, we got our permit and began building out on January 27th.  Yay!!!img_6144

The buildout is happening pretty quickly, so we expect to be there the beginning of March. The guys at Alligator Construction have been amazing at putting in the work to get our home ready as soon as possible.  The Interior Designer helping my ideas come to life is no other than #vixenarmy’s own Alena Capra, which makes it extra special.

The whole concept behind Vixen was to provide the general public with a visceral experience of what it feels like to be a performer, based on my experiences in the entertainment world.  The studio allows me to completely immerse you guys in the Vixen experience & the details in the studio will resemble being backstage at a concert getting ready to perform.  The studio will have retail, a large vanity area for makeup, a bathroom suite with showers, a Vixen convenience store & lounge area.  The dance room will be equipped with sprung dance floors and Marley, 10 foot mirrors.  The state-of-the art Sound System and lighting will give us major concert feels thanks to Audio Systems Consulting.


If you’re interested in locking down a Studio Membership at a pre-sale price, find out more HERE or contact our client advocate Mitze Pinon at info@vixenworkout.com


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Certified Instructor: Vanessa Richter

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Name: Vanessa Richter

Age: 21

Where are you from? Miami, FL

Where are you now? I’m a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA

When did you become certified? September 2015

Why did you decide to become a Vixen Instructor? When I first went away to college I felt alone and lost, desperately searching for inspiration and meaning in my life. I’d just moved to a new city by myself, my parents were getting separated, I was going through a nasty break up, and I had no idea what kind of career I wanted to pursue. I’d always been a dancer and performer growing up, and all of the sudden I stopped exercising all of my creativity. I had no passion or purpose outside of my studies. I’d lost that inner light that Janet always talks about, and it took me a long time to rediscover myself and my dreams. Whenever I went home to Miami on breaks from school, I’d go to Vixen and it was like therapy for me. I wished so much that I could take it while I was in NewOrleans, and I knew that so many other young girls at my university needed the experience just as much, so I decided that I would just have to bring it there myself. I quite literally bothered Janet until she caved in, and haven’t looked back since! 😉

What is your most memorable moment as an instructor so far? Oh how can I pick just one… I will say that just this past week at my Thursday class I got really choked up. I wasn’t feeling 100% that night because I was battling the flu, but it was the first time in 2017 that class was a full 70 girls. A wave of emotions hit me while we were dancing to “Champions,” and we felt so in sync. I dazed out, realizing that in less than a year, this huge group of strangers behind me had become a family, and we held a true powerful and meaningful connection to each other. I had the biggest, cheesiest, smile with tears running down my face throughout that whole routine just thinking about how far we’d come to be there together that night. It truly felt like a revolution, and I’d never been so proud to be a part of the Vixen Army movement.

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What is the Vixen Army hashtag for your community of Vixens?#vixenarmynola

What advice do you have for women thinking of becoming certified? Vixen actually just posted one of my favorite quotes recently, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” If you’ve been thinking about getting certified, I say do it! Even if you don’t feel “ready” yet. Stop waiting to be in the perfect shape or technique/confidence level, and push yourself out of your comfort zone so that you can start learning and growing towards your dreams TODAY.

Where and when can people take your class? Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm in Lakeside Studio at Tulane’s Reily Recreational Facility

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