Life Hack: Exercises to Help Relax You

Life Hack: Exercises to Help Relax You

These last few weeks I’ve rediscovered the importance of relaxation for your health, well-being and beauty (it’s extremely important for your skin and hair). I think the fact that I was in Hawaii was the catalyst because even though I was there for work, a bit of rest and relaxation is embedded into Hawaiian culture and you can’t help but partake (when in Rome, as the saying goes). I noticed that throughout my time there I was feeling better than ever- more energized, happier, more productive- and I realized that it was 100% necessary to incorporate a little more “me” time into my daily routine. The reality is that I (as I’m sure many of you) am a busy person, so finding that time between work, travel, fitness, and social obligations is a challenge. That’s why it’s vital to get creative, rather than reasoning that I don’t have time began combining two in one: exercise and relaxation. Each week I make the conscious decision to have at least one of my workouts provide me with relaxation benefits as well. Below are my favorite ways to break a sweat, de-stress and relax: Yoga: It should come as a surprise to no-one that yoga is number one on this list. There is nothing more calming for me than going to Hot 8 or Corepower Yoga for a serious sweat session. The benefits of yoga are innumerable- stronger immune system, more focus, clarity, healing for physical and psychological distress- it’s an activity unlike any other. I am a fan of hot yoga (yoga done in a heated room), but there are various methods to choose from- Bikram, hatha, vinyasa flow, and the list goes on. Hiking: I am lucky to live in LA because we have so many amazing hiking trails. My favorite are the ones in Malibu, in particular Los Leones, they are challenging but the reward of that ocean view at the top of the world is priceless. Hiking is a great workout because you are dealing with unpredictable terrain and inclines that demand the use of your full body. I joke with my friend that there is no other activity that will make your booty look quite as good as hiking. I also find that being in nature and breathing the fresh air brings a deep sense of calm to my soul. I generally feel invigorated and extremely present after my hikes which I primarily reserve for Saturday mornings. Infrared Body Wraps: Okay so technically you are just lying down, but these wraps truly do belong on this list because of their benefits. These wraps make you sweat out toxins and mega calories as well as relaxing your overly trained muscles....

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Travel Guide: Honolulu

Travel Guide: Honolulu

Aloha from Honolulu! I’ve discovered a new favorite work/play destination– Hawaii! Over the last few months, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the island two times in less than two months (and hopefully there will be many more). I know that the last thing I have to do is sell you on the benefits of going to a place that’s quite literally paradise, just the clear blue ocean and warm sand is reason enough, but I put together a travel guide for Honolulu for those of you who may be traveling there this summer. Eat: 53 by the Sea  When in Hawaii it should be a requirement to indulge in seafood and, lucky for me, seafood is my absolute favorite. For my fellow aficionados, you must go to 53 by the Sea; Not only will you be completely blown away by the food, but the view is absolutely breathtaking. My personal recommendation is the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, so delectable that it melts in your mouth. Cocktails: Duke’s Waikiki Nothing makes me feel like indulging in cocktails than warm winds at night, so I was thrilled when I came across Duke’s Waikiki. Duke’s has fun cocktails, a Japanese dinner menu for small bites, gorgeous views, and a rich history. As it turns out, this incredible place is named after Hawaiian legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist (for swimming) and thirteen-time Sheriff of the city and county of Honolulu. Hair: Salon Blanc As a Master Hair Colorist, I am absolutely enamored with what I do and it is difficult for me to find others who share my level of passion for hair, but at Salon Blanc I found my tribe. The owner, Alan V, and the group of incredible colorists who work there are incredibly talented people whose love for what they do is blatantly apparent in their impressive dedication and beautiful results. What a pleasure it was to teach this remarkable group! If you need anything hair-related in Honolulu you shouldn’t look any further than Salon Blanc. Hotel: The Modern Honolulu My favorite hotel in Honolulu is definitely The Modern Honolulu. I am all about sleek minimalism, and this hotel is an impeccable example of that type of design. I also love the array of options when it comes to the hotel views; you can enjoy a view of the yacht harbor, ocean, city, or pool while you relax and enjoy the beautiful weather on your furnished terrace. Shop: Luxury Row I don’t know why, but shopping is always so much more fun for me if I do it while I travel. If you are like me and like to indulge when you are away, look no...

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From Hawaii, With Love

From Hawaii, With Love

Aloha, my lovelies! I am pretty sure you’ve guessed it by now– I’ve been basking in the glow of Maui’s unreal sunlight these past few days. Believe it or not, I went to Maui for work; this is one of the factors of the career I’ve cultivated as a Master Hair Colorist that I love the most– I get to travel a lot! I don’t remember the last time a month went by without me being on an airplane at least three times to go teach a hair color education class. This works for me because I love to travel (I will never complain about living out of a suitcase) and because I tend to get restless if I stay put for too long. Another reason why this trip to Maui was an exceptionally special one for me is because it fell directly in the middle of my birthday and was the first one in my life that I’ve spent solo. As I believe one should on their birthday, I decided to treat myself by letting go and truly relaxing which isn’t too much of a challenge on a beautiful island. I feel so grateful for the people in my life and the work that I do. I am quite literally living my dream and I can’t wait to see what this year holds in store. Today, I am off to Las Vegas (talk about a change of pace) to teach a few classes there before I jet back to Chicago for classes, clients, and family. Make sure to keep up with my travel adventures on Instagram and Snapchat (both @reneetaglia) and check out the pictures of my few days in paradise below. Leave comments/questions in comments section– it makes my day to hear from you! The weather was so beautiful, I couldn’t get enough of it. I was basking in the glow for as long as possible until I had to teach! My amazing photographer, Eddie, got me this lei and it smelled divine. Loved shooting this– getting creative with photos is something that I really enjoy doing. Also, these rocks were surprisingly comfortable to lay on. In this picture, I am thinking: “This is truly paradise.” This was the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. Renee Taglia is located in a Beverly Hills California. Contact her here for a consultation on how to discover (and keep) your perfect...

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