We are so excited to announce that a fitness brand we featured during our barre shoot, Albion Fit, will be giving away a $50 gift card to a lucky Fifty-Two Thursdays reader! Albion is also offering 15% off your entire order with promo code Thursdays15 (valid through 3/9). Scroll to the bottom for info on Albion Fit and to enter the Giveaway!
About Albion: Albion Fit’s mission is to provide women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market. Their garments are fashionable and unique, but more importantly practical and technical. Designed by women, their apparel is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. They are also committed to helping the environment and communities by continually striving to make their manufacturing facility greener each day by recycling plant waste and by using earth friendly materials in their products. Albion is also a local, family owned company that is based out of Utah. They follow fair labor practices with all of their employees and business partners to create a sustainable work environment.
Enter The Giveaway below to win the $50 Gift card and the winner will be announced on March 10th! Also remember when purchasing to use promo code Thursdays15 for 15% off your order until March 9th!
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Sarah and Michelle
DC got hit with yet another winter storm. Several inches of fluffy white snow covered our streets leaving most DC area residents stranded at home.
We felt it appropriate to feature this week’s Spring trend on the white out look, which DC decided to take to a whole other level! The Spring 2014 runways were dominated by white; models were dressed head to toe in all shades of white creating an effortless, powerful yet feminine and goddess feel.
Jason Wu Runway
Stay warm xo
Michelle & Sarah
Clap…clap…clap…well done ladies and gents. We were very pleased with most red carpet looks that we saw tonight, however this made it easy to spot the not so “Top Shelf” ensembles that made their way into the Oscars. We also have to hand it to Ellen for ordering pizza for the audience, taking the most retweeted #selfie ever and for wearing a fairy god mother costume. We would say she pretty much nailed it.
Lupita Nyongo killed it again in #NairobiBlue (yes she made up a new color) Prada gown with simple but stunning headband and ear candy.
Cate Blanchett won the best Actress Award in this stunning Armani gown
Naomi Watts wore Calvin Klein with an edgy statement necklace by Bulgari. We also love the easy hair she is sporting.
Charlize Theron stunned in a black Haute Couture number by Dior with illusion straps and stand out statement necklace.
Kate Hudson was wearing a gorgeous gown by Atelier Versace and with a stunning plunging neckline and Neil Lane jewels.
Bottom Of the Barrel
Pharrell was in a shorts suit.. We are just stunned that he didn’t wear that hat on the Red Carpet..but don’t worry he threw it on for his performance.
We were not fans of Margot Robbie’s gothic look, she should have stuck with the golden locks.
We love Penelope, but this dress reminded us of a Bridesmaid dress that she will not be proud to wear next year.
Liza Minnelli always gets attention, but dyeing her hair to match her outfit and not wearing proper tittie coverage is the wrong kind of attention on the the red carpet in our book.
Until next time…
Sarah and Michelle
And the winner is….Regan Olafson! Congrats Regan we will be shipping your necklace out as soon as we are able to dig our way out of our driveways. Hope everyone is having a wonderful snow day!
Sarah and Michelle
If you haven’t heard of or taken a barre class yet, you have been missing out. We all remember the days of tutus and point shoes, and, even if we are a little rusty in our 5th position, barre also incorporates a wide range of other strength and flexibility excercises. So even if you can’t support your entire body on your big toe anymore, fear not; there is a class for every skill level.
Stand out at the barre by adding these new featured designers to your workout wardrobe. These fashion forward designs will help motivate you and give you the confidence to excel through your work out.
Ballet Stretches at the Barre
C Curve Abs
Kelly Griffith is owner and instructor at Fuel Pilates and Xtend Barre DC. Kelly went to her first Pilates class in 2007 and three years later she opened Fuel Pilates in Georgetown DC. In 2012 she opened her second studio Xtend Barre DC in Blagden Alley.
Kelly has her Comprehensive Pilates certification through BASI Pilates. She also completed a pre/post-natal cerification with Carolyne Anthony—the industry’s expert on the subject— from The Center of Women’s Fitness. She is Xtend Barre and Xtend Barre Stick certified through Xtend Barre of Boca Raton, FL.
Kelly is wearing the Absolute Bootcut Pant and the Shelter Hoodie by StyleFirm.
Style Firm is offering 25% off w/ promo code: THURSDAY.
Kelly is pictured doing a hamstring pull with oblique twist and is featured wearing the Harmony Tank by NUX USA, the Absolute Bootcut Pant by StyleFirm and Shashi Star Socks.
Sarah Phillips, fitness enthusiast and Co-Founder of Fifty-Two Thursdays spends, most of her weeknights at Gold’s Gym. She felt barre was a great change from her normal routine because it hit neglected muscle groups. She is pictured here working her thighs at the barre and is wearing the Petal Pant and the Love Racer Tank by Albion Fit.
Albion Fit is offering 15% off w/ promo code: barre15–good through March 2nd.
Back Attitude in Relevé
Michelle Martin, Co-Founder of Fifty-Two Thursdays, often runs for exercise but tends to get bored quickly because it feels like the same boring routine. Frequenting Barre classes has added that element of fun that her routine was missing. Time flies by while exercising, all the while incorporating muscle groups that can be hard to target. She is pictured here in a stretch at the barre and is wearing the Skull Capri Pant, Racer Bra Top and Drape Back top by Onzie.
Onzie is offering 10% off per customer w/ promo code: FIFTYTWOTHURSDAYS–never expires.
Single Leg Relevé
Natalie Strahorn is excited to announce that she will be opening her own studio, Xtend Barre Old Town, this April in Alexandria, VA. She has two Pilates mat certifications and two Xtend Barre certifications under her belt. She is excited to motivate, challenge and inspire her students to enjoy the mind-body benefits of the method and push themselves beyond what they think is possible. Natalie is pictured in the Second Position Plié at the Barre and is wearing the Selene Hoodie and the Salvador Capri by NUX USA and the Star Socks by Shashi.
NUX USA is offering 15% off per customer (one time only) w/ promo-code: NUXheartsFTT good until March 6th.
Passé at the Barre
Laura Bartee runs her own Architectural firm LLB Design. She typically keeps fit by riding her horse but loves learning new workouts in the winter months. She thought that barre was a great way to tone and build the muscle and balance that she needs for riding. Laura is pictured in the Chair Plié position and is wearing the Goddess Legging and the Raya Draped Back Tank by Alo Yoga.
Alo Yoga is offering 15% off w/ promo code: 52Thurs–good through the end of March.
Kelly’s classes are energetic, fun, yet challenging. She’ll work you out hard while cheering you on. She hopes to have created spaces where clients can push themselves to be a stronger version of themselves tomorrow.
Natalie is wearing a headband by Sweatybands.
I know we have all suffered from buyers remorse at one point or another on something ridiculously overpriced or something we really didn’t need. But I will tell you one thing, these items we are about to show you will not only leave you feeling great about your purchase but you will feel like you are contributing to something way bigger. We have rounded up some of the coolest items on the market that we think you will absolutely adore but also that will help many people around the world.
Also, The Giving Keys were kind enough to donate the necklace pictured below for us to give away to one lucky reader! Please read below for more details.
Giving Keys Never Ending Necklace: It all started with a New York hotel room key. Founder, actress/singer, Caitlin Crosby, wore the key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. She encouraged people to wear these necklaces and then ‘pay it forward’ by giving someone the necklace who needs the message more. Caitlin started the company with a couple, that she met on the street, that were desperately in need of a home and work. They all worked together to create the jewelry behind the Giving Keys and now the company now has more then 10 employees that are trying to transition out of homelessness. Today, their products are carried in 200 stores and counting!!
One lucky reader will win the ‘Believe’ Never Ending Necklace ($55 value) pictured above, please enter to win at the bottom of this post and the winner will be announced on March 3rd, 2014. Please check back to see if you have won!
Fifty-Five Clothing’s Vintage Love Tank: 20% of your purchase from this company will be donated to a charity of your choice, you have the option to select the charity you are most passionate about when you are checking out. All of their tanks and tees are made in California from 100% combed cotton and printed with eco-friendly, water-based inks for an extra soft finish. We love these simple tanks and love even more that they let you pick the charity of your choice!
Swell Water Bottle Swell bottles are beautifully crafted and composed of non-toxic stainless steel, that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need. S’well is a charitable community member and proud partner of charitable organizations such as WaterAid, American Forests, and Drink Up. We can speak from experience that these bottles are nothing short of amazing. They really do what they say, we found it pretty incredible that our coffee stayed hot for a whole day during the polar vortex.
Angela & Roi Vegan Handbags: Angela & Roi believes fashion can be utilized to both an artistic and charitable effect. The company presents an opportunity to intertwine consumerism with philanthropy. Their unique ‘Donate by Color’ movement allows you to donate and raise awareness to a cause by the color of handbag you purchase. The bag pictured will help to donate to improve the lives of children and adolescents with cancer with support services and care.
Toms: The company that started it all. Pretty much everyone knows the story behind the TOMS business model, One for One. For every pair of shoes or glasses they sell will help one person in need with either a pair of shoes or eye care. They have given shoes in more then 60 countries and helped with sight in more then 13 countries.
Jewelry For A Cause-The Caliber Collection: The oval shape of the cuff mimics the trigger cage of a gun and serves as a reminder of the destruction that is caused when the trigger of a gun is pulled. Each series carries a serial number that corresponds with one of the guns that were taken off the streets of Newark by the Police Department. The side of the cuff is hand hammered to symbolize the hard work required, not only of the police, but of each individual, in the fight to get illegal guns off the streets of their community. The company is already responsible for over $400,000 of philanthropy dollars donated to worthy causes.
Indego Africas Handmade Baskets: An artisan crafts each one of a kind basket by hand using needles and fine plant threads. The technique requires patience, precision and great skill to master. Like all Indego products, each basket comes with a signed hang tag that brings you closer to the artisan who crafted this work of art. This item helps create jobs for female artisans in Rwanda and invests 100% of its profits into training programs for these women.
FEED Function Bag: Just by purchasing this super hip bag you will provide 100 school meals to children in need. This bag is big enough to hold your laptop, iPad, notebooks and much more. Multi-tasking never felts so good (and looked so good too!). FEED Projects LLC was founded by Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson in 2007 to produce merchandise that would help feed hungry children all over the word. Today FEED has donated over $6 Million and over 60 Million meals.
Rescued Wine Candles: Supports animal rescue shelters and environmental preservation in Northern California. Rescued Wine Candles makes an impact on the planet and the animals inhabiting it by using sustainably sourced, recycled and biodegradable materials as well as donating profits to local animal rescue shelters. Wine and dogs? Two of our favorite things!
SLOWCOLOR Scarf: These gauzy scarves create sustainable job opportunities for artisans in India while preserving their traditional craft. Through fair trade practices and connecting artisans to the global market, SLOWCOLOR provides fair wages and steady work for many artisans around the world.
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Sarah and Michelle
Whether its basketball, baseball or football it seems as if there is always a sporting event taking place, #boring. However, I finally have something that sparks my interest this Spring…nope not baseball spring training, the sporty trend.
I can’t get enough of this chill, relaxed yet refined trend. It can be worn anywhere from the beach to the city streets. Track pants, mesh, boxy on boxy, crop tops, high contrast colors and super performance fabrics will all be representing this cool and vibrant sportswear trend this spring.
Check out my favorite sporty looks from the Spring 2014 runway
And we can’t forget about the accessories!
Nike Rose Gold Fuel Band
So this spring tap into your inner bro and get into some sports…wear.
Excited to share this sneak preview from the upcoming fitness post that we have been working so hard on. Talented DC based photographer Elliott O’Donovan was in action with us last weekend at Xtend Barre DC. And the photos are incredible.
Michelle and I were accompanied by my lovely sister Laura Bartee and two local barre gurus Natalie Strahorn of Xtend Barre Old Town (opening soon!) and Kelly Griffith of Xtend Barre DC and Fuel Pilates. We had a great time learning the barre method and a lot of fun at the shoot.
Check back in a week or so for the full post and details on all of the amazing fitness brands that we styled and more on Xtend Barre DC.
Meet you at the barre?
Photos by Casey Phillips
Sarah and Michelle
I’ve had the incredible opportunity to try out some of the most amazing organic skin care lines over the past couple of weeks and I wanted to share my absolute favorite products with you. I am always in search of the best skincare products, ones that will help with anti-aging, discoloration and that help brighten my complexion and I think I actually came across some worth mentioning. This was my first attempt at going purely organic with my skincare products and I wanted to see what all of the hype was about.
I have used everything from drugstore brands to pretty much everything sold at Sephora and some of these products will be making their way into my medicine cabinet on a permanent basis. More than just cool because they are organic, over the last few weeks I have seen a huge difference in my skin.
Not only is my skin brighter and smoother but it has become so without clogging my pores or causing any irritations. I also could not be happier that my favorites are all made with pure, local, plant-based ingredients in small batches with the consumer in mind.
And isn’t that really what we are all looking for?
1. One Love Organics Skin Savior: One of my favorites of the bunch. This waterless beauty balm can be used to wash your face (with their skin shammy), moisturize, tame fly away hair, and allows you to create custom foundations when mixed with mineral powder. I have been using this after I moisturize with FEI’D and before I put on my foundation but this Skin Savior makes my face glow all by itself and I highly recommend it.
2. GlaMER Lips by Mer: An organic lip scrub that works wonders on the dry, chapped, winter lips we all have in Virginia right now. The creator of this product is a makeup artist who knows exactly how to formulate a product to give her clients super soft and make up ready lips. I’ve tried dozens of lip balms and scrubs and have found GlaMER lips to be a standout, the lemon flavor was my preference. Highly Recommend.
3. FIG + YARROW Facial Scrub: Like a cup of coffee for your face. I use a tiny bit every morning to wake up my skin and exfoliate before cleansing. This scrub wakes me up and gets me ready to take on the day. FIG + YARROW products can be found at Anthropologie.
4. FIG + YARROW Facial Serum: All you need is a few drops to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it seemed to give me a brighter, smoother and more refined complexion. I use this serum a few minutes before I moisturize and when I am looking to help brighten my skin. The company claims that with further use it will improve skin elasticity but a few weeks testing has not been long enough to see full results.
5. Blood Orange Lip Butter by Soap and Paper Factory: Finally a multi-functional lip balm. Soap and Paper Factory’s signature balm has a yummy citrus scent and a handy mirror inside it’s cute little tin. I appreciated the mirror for re-application inside the lines on the go. The product feels very light and kept my lips smooth for about 2 hours.
6. Sequoia Beauty Honey Berry Enzyme Mask: I am in love with Sequoia Beauty’s Honey Berry Mask, not only does it smell amazing it also tastes amazing (tasting was accidental). The magical ingredient in their mask is Raw Royal Jelly, which is known for its anti-aging, hydrating and plumping properties. The mask is antimicrobial to help control breakouts and leaves my skin hydrated and feeling great after a 15 minute application once a week.
7. FEI’D Moisturizer by Meld Labs: Hands down the best moisturizer that I have found for the sun spots on my cheeks. This is a problem area for me and I’ve tried countless creams to get rid of them (Clinique Dark Spot Remover is a close second). I have been using this product for over a month now and I have noticed my sun spots are actually fading. FEI’D is also a daily moisturizer that leaves my skin more soft than sticky. I absolutely hate when day time moisturizers leave your skin with a sticky feeling and interfere with make up application. So if you have dark spots like I do from too much sun, discoloration, or uneven skin-tone I highly recommend trying FEI’D Moisturizer.
8. One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser: A cleanser that does it all by attempting to take the place of face wash, shampoo and body wash in one. It has a fresh scent and foams to a great lather when you rub your hands together. It removes make up, eye-liner and mascara very well and leaves my face feeling clean and fresh. I am very sold on the entire OLO product line because everything they put out is multifunctional. Still unsure if I will be throwing out my trusty shampoo and body wash for the Easy Does It cleanser but it will be coming with me on vacation.
9. R.L Linden Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist: I have officially become obsessed with facial mists lately and this one is my favorite thus far. I use it directly after cleansing, post make up application or anytime during the day when I need a little boost. The spray smells like it might actually have a thousand rose petals crammed inside this bottle, is super hydrating and gives you a fresh glow. Highly Reccomend.
I was fortunate enough to test other products from these brands but these were my absolute favorites. To purchase any of these products just click the brand name of each and it will direct you to their site.
Please drop us a note about your favorite skin care products, your experiences with any of these or to let us know if there are any you have your eye on and we will try our best to get it for our next review. Take care of your faces.
Another week has gone by and it hasn’t gotten any warmer in DC. Why is it that every time we sit down to write about spring, we get hit with another winter storm?? Maybe we are jinxing this whole spring thing, maybe it will never actually come our way.
If it ever does decide to grace us with its presence then we suggest you look into adding pastels into your wardrobe. Pastels were all over the Spring 2014 Runways. Yes, that means you can finally pull out those gaudy easter outfits that have been haunting the back of your closet for years, Spring 2014 is finally their time to shine.
When the snow finally melts you should expect to see lots of placid blues, violet tulips, warm hues of hemlock and shades of sand. All very easy on the eye and simple to add a piece or two into your wardrobe to give you an updated look for the warmer weather.. if it ever comes. And if it doesn’t, we will all be in the market for pale pink ski suits, to keep warm and on trend.
Placid Blue: Rebecca Taylor
Rosey Pink: Isabel Marant
Hemlock: Prabal Gurung
Violet: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Icy Blue: A.L.C
Pale Pink: Christian Dior
Freesia: Zuhair Murad
Sand: 10 Crosby Derek Lam
Pastel Rainbow: Burberry Prorsum
And if you live in DC like us then it looks like this is what we will be wearing come spring…it can likely be found in the back of your mothers closet.
Sarah & Michelle
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