My Sister, The Artist

Many of you have asked who does the artwork on my blog. The answer is simple-my little sister. Erin Gergen Halls is a truly amazing and talented artist. Completely self-taught, she is able to take a photograph and create realistic drawings that will blow your mind. The one thing I hear all the time is, [...]

Pop Your Physique

Last Friday I did a post about barre workouts and today I'm going to introduce you to another amazing DVD collection. As you know, barre is my workout of choice, and this system is hardcore. Created by former ballet dancer Jennifer Williams, Pop Physique incorporates a ballet barre inspired exercise system into an efficient class [...]

Belly Up To The Barre

Regardless of how you felt about "Black Swan" (I loved it), there's no denying the fact that it sparked a workout revolution. Woman all over the world were suddenly flocking to ballet studios in order to achieve a dancer's body, and the phenomenon that is the "barre workout" was born. Barre workouts actually go back [...]

Lilac Time Of Year

Growing up, we had a row of lilac bushes in our yard. I always looked forward to spring because the air would be full of the heavenly aroma of lilac. It is my favorite scent. Not to mention, they are very pretty and make lovely floral arrangements. Unfortunately, they don't last long. And the bush [...]

Dream House

I'm a big fan of J. Crew's creative director, Jenna Lyons. I find she has impeccable style, especially when it comes to fashion. Turns out, she's also a genius at decorating a home. Lyons just sold her Park Slope, Brooklyn townhouse for $4 million (listed at $3.75 million), and let me tell you-it's a stunner. [...]

Get Covered Up(town)

If you lived in Minneapolis during the eighties/early nineties, then you remember the heyday of Uptown. Back then it was a combination of "Purple Rain" meets "Sid and Nancy" with a little "Pretty in Pink" thrown in. This was an area of Minneapolis that was gritty, edgy, and eclectic. It was burgers and bands at [...]