From The Core

By now, everybody probably knows my obsession with cardio workouts – from running to my absolute favorite spinning class called SoulCycle, I love the endorphin high you get after sweating it out. Obviously though, I know that it isn’t enough to get a complete workout – you obviously have to tone your muscles as well! I remember for the longest time, I had no interest in strengthening – I thought it would me look bulky and mannish and cause unnecessary weight gain. How wrong I was! While I realize now that women can’t build enough muscle to look bulky (we don’t have enough testosterone), what I love about this current class that I’m going to be talking about is that it focuses on “long and lean”…aka just amazing, toned muscles!

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An Addict’s Guide to Coffee

I can imagine all my friends rolling their eyes at this post already. If you know me even a little bit, you’ll know I love my coffee. It’s impossible to not know that about me, considering talking to me before my first cup usually only leads to disaster for the poor person involved (and my former roommates will definitely attest to this fact). Though I have cut down recently, a day without a cup of coffee is absolutely impossible for me. I need it, I crave it, and yes, I get a headache when I don’t have it. And it doesn’t hurt that it tastes (and smells) absolutely amazing.

Coffee also has a number of health benefits. Aside from keeping you awake and alert thanks to the caffeine content (by binding to the adenosine receptors that make you sleepy, if you want the biological explanation), coffee has also been linked to greater concentration, a higher metabolism, improved mood and lower chances of Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Not bad for a cup, huh?

However, coffee has long ago lost its simplicity. You can no longer walk into a specialty coffee shop and ask for “one coffee, please”. More often than not, you’ll get a blank stare, especially if you’re in India. The different types of coffee beans and the several different ways to prepare espresso have led to the rise of a number of inventive coffee beverages – not all good, not all good for you, and not all authentic. So if you have ever looked at that huge menu board behind the barista and wondered, “What the hell is that?”, then worry no more. Here are the most common coffee beverages on the menu at your favorite caffeine spot, with an explanation about what they mean. You never have to wonder about what goes into your cup of java again! Continue reading

Spinning’s Got Nothing on SoulCycle

While those of you who have heard of SoulCycle might shrug and call this another ‘cult-like’ post, some of you might be wondering what the hell this weird pseudo yoga name even is. And you’ll probably roll your eyes when you realize that it’s an exercise class. But it isn’t simply a workout, even though that is one of the reasons that I love it so much. It’s an experience.

Started in New York City by founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle was originally developed in a small West 72nd street studio in order for the two women to introduce a cardio workout that was not only physically stimulating, but intellectually and mentally fulfilling as well. And trust me, it is. Continue reading

Introduction

Welcome to Of Chaos and Couture!!

The purpose of this blog isn’t to imitate famous fashion magazines, or to try to incorporate things I’ve written for other magazines into a ‘blog’ format. Rather, it will chronicle what I believe is important to cover in terms of fashion and lifestyle – be it the best restaurants, beauty ideas or even health and exercise tips. While several topics might be discussed in the magazines you read on a daily basis, I’d like to focus on making the same material more accessible and hopefully as helpful, if not more.

So please peruse and explore, and if you have any suggestions or want me to cover anything in particular, don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments or email/tweet me (more information in the ‘About’ section).

Thank you, and enjoy!