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As two 20-something fashion assistants in Manhattan, you can often find us working late and raiding the vending machine (Cheez-Its, anyone?) instead of hitting the gym or at home whipping up a healthy meal. In an effort to finally get fit, we have armed ourselves with a mission to test out the hottest workouts around, while learning how to recreate the experience at home.
First up is SBC, aka the hardest class we’ve ever done (we couldn’t walk properly for a week, true story). Russell Bateman is the London-based trainer and owner of SBC, and he is high in demand (he counts top British models, like Daisy Lowe, Chelsea Leyland, Edie Campbell, and Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, as his clients).
His method of training is crazy intensive and completely out of the box. Let’s just say, he had us doing moves that used muscles we never knew we had. Since his London classes are always sold out (and also across the Atlantic), he gave us his top four SBC moves that you can do at home, demonstrated by yours truly. 
— Rebecca Carhart and EJ Briones, InStyle Editorial Assistants
1. Can-Can Kicks (above)
"Can-can kicks are intense cardio and a killer for the triceps, legs and core. Get the rhythm in sync and it can be really explosive and is a great tool to increase fitness."

2. Clock Lunges (above)
"Imagine you are on a clock face: Lunge to 12 o’clock, then to 6, 3, and 9. The variability of movement and the dynamic motion of the lunges will work every part of your lower body. It can look very cool when synchronized to perfection. When you perfect the move, add weights and hold them above your head!"

3. Primal Jump Crawls (above)
"This is called primal crawl jumps with a twist. These work your core and legs with a very human movement pattern. Wearing the SBC bands around the knees also help to fire the butt muscles!"

4. Inverted Wall Climbers (above)
"These really challenge your heart, core, and whole body coordination. This a move designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Try for 30 seconds!"

As two 20-something fashion assistants in Manhattan, you can often find us working late and raiding the vending machine (Cheez-Its, anyone?) instead of hitting the gym or at home whipping up a healthy meal. In an effort to finally get fit, we have armed ourselves with a mission to test out the hottest workouts around, while learning how to recreate the experience at home.

First up is SBC, aka the hardest class we’ve ever done (we couldn’t walk properly for a week, true story). Russell Bateman is the London-based trainer and owner of SBC, and he is high in demand (he counts top British models, like Daisy Lowe, Chelsea Leyland, Edie Campbell, and Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, as his clients).

His method of training is crazy intensive and completely out of the box. Let’s just say, he had us doing moves that used muscles we never knew we had. Since his London classes are always sold out (and also across the Atlantic), he gave us his top four SBC moves that you can do at home, demonstrated by yours truly. 

— Rebecca Carhart and EJ Briones, InStyle Editorial Assistants

1. Can-Can Kicks (above)

"Can-can kicks are intense cardio and a killer for the triceps, legs and core. Get the rhythm in sync and it can be really explosive and is a great tool to increase fitness."

2. Clock Lunges (above)

"Imagine you are on a clock face: Lunge to 12 o’clock, then to 6, 3, and 9. The variability of movement and the dynamic motion of the lunges will work every part of your lower body. It can look very cool when synchronized to perfection. When you perfect the move, add weights and hold them above your head!"

3. Primal Jump Crawls (above)

"This is called primal crawl jumps with a twist. These work your core and legs with a very human movement pattern. Wearing the SBC bands around the knees also help to fire the butt muscles!"

4. Inverted Wall Climbers (above)

"These really challenge your heart, core, and whole body coordination. This a move designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Try for 30 seconds!"

A few weeks ago, I got to live the life a celebrity thanks to the Row NYC Hotel and its Paparazzi Package (yes, such a thing exists!), which includes a one-night stay in a gorgeous two-bedroom penthouse suite, a hair and makeup artist to make you look camera-ready, and a Getty photographer to follow you around and take your photo. I’ve always wondered how it would feel to be trailed by the paparazzi, so I decided to give it a shot. Read all about my experience on InStyle.com. 
— Rita Kokshanian, InStyle.com Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Rommel Demano/Getty Images for Row NYC

A few weeks ago, I got to live the life a celebrity thanks to the Row NYC Hotel and its Paparazzi Package (yes, such a thing exists!), which includes a one-night stay in a gorgeous two-bedroom penthouse suite, a hair and makeup artist to make you look camera-ready, and a Getty photographer to follow you around and take your photo. I’ve always wondered how it would feel to be trailed by the paparazzi, so I decided to give it a shot. Read all about my experience on InStyle.com

— Rita Kokshanian, InStyle.com Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Rommel Demano/Getty Images for Row NYC

I love a good cocktail just as much as the next person, but the perceived complexity of creating a drink that looks and tastes like one I’d get at a mixology bar often deters me from fixing myself one at home. It turns out, though, you don’t need an arsenal of strainers, mixers, and muddlers to make a solid libation, as I learned from Theo Lieberman, head bartender of the speakeasy-esque Milk & Honey. 
Lieberman specializes in creating delicious cocktails with seamlessly combined flavors (M&H’s extensive menu is divided into a whopping eight cocktail categories). Watching him make drinks is akin to watching Doc Brown hover over a lab experiment. While there are some recipes I can barely wrap my head around, one, the Reyka New Maid, seemed easy enough for me to try on my own. All it takes is five ingredients and some ice cubes. No shaking or stirring necessary. 
Check out the easy how-to below:
Reyka New Maid
2 oz. Reyna Vodka
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
3 slices of cucumber
Small handful of mint
Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with mint sprig and 3 cucumber wheels for presentation. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Reyka Vodka

I love a good cocktail just as much as the next person, but the perceived complexity of creating a drink that looks and tastes like one I’d get at a mixology bar often deters me from fixing myself one at home. It turns out, though, you don’t need an arsenal of strainers, mixers, and muddlers to make a solid libation, as I learned from Theo Lieberman, head bartender of the speakeasy-esque Milk & Honey

Lieberman specializes in creating delicious cocktails with seamlessly combined flavors (M&H’s extensive menu is divided into a whopping eight cocktail categories). Watching him make drinks is akin to watching Doc Brown hover over a lab experiment. While there are some recipes I can barely wrap my head around, one, the Reyka New Maid, seemed easy enough for me to try on my own. All it takes is five ingredients and some ice cubes. No shaking or stirring necessary. 

Check out the easy how-to below:

Reyka New Maid

2 oz. Reyna Vodka

3/4 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lime juice

3 slices of cucumber

Small handful of mint

Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with mint sprig and 3 cucumber wheels for presentation. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Reyka Vodka

A few weeks ago, Sarah Balch and I paid a visit to the Swarovski showroom in New York City, where we learned about the art of decking out your manicure in crystals and exactly which options to use. Being as nail-obsessed as I am, I was already excited to check out all of their offerings, and once we arrived at the offices, I was floored—the whole place was even more sparkly than I imagined.
All of the gemstones, jewelry, and crystallized accessories were stunning, but the gorgeous chandelier in the center of the room was one item in particular both Sarah and I couldn’t take our eyes off of. I only wish I could have one just like it in my own apartment, that is, if my apartment wasn’t a tiny studio about the size of that entire light fixture…
— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

A few weeks ago, Sarah Balch and I paid a visit to the Swarovski showroom in New York City, where we learned about the art of decking out your manicure in crystals and exactly which options to use. Being as nail-obsessed as I am, I was already excited to check out all of their offerings, and once we arrived at the offices, I was floored—the whole place was even more sparkly than I imagined.

All of the gemstones, jewelry, and crystallized accessories were stunning, but the gorgeous chandelier in the center of the room was one item in particular both Sarah and I couldn’t take our eyes off of. I only wish I could have one just like it in my own apartment, that is, if my apartment wasn’t a tiny studio about the size of that entire light fixture…

— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Where We Went: Charles James Exhibit at The Met
Field trips aren’t just for kids! Last Friday, InStyle staffers migrated uptown to the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to peruse the much-buzzed-about Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit (open until August 10, 2014), which, for those who don’t know, is the inaugural showcase of the newly revamped Costume Institute (and, of course, the thematic tie-in for this year’s Met Gala). 
While making our way through the melange of highly sculptural ball gowns designed by the 20th-century Anglo-American couturier (the exhibit included 65 of his most noteworthy designs), we became fixated on the digitized animations and x-rays that accompanied each piece, explaining the dress construction via virtual demonstration. The perfect fusion of past and present!
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Pictured:Back row, from left: Eric Wilson (Fashion News Director), Erik Jackson (Executive Editor), Donna Bulseco (Assistant Managing Editor), Cindy Weber Cleary (Fashion Director), Claire Stern (Editorial Assistant), Alyssa Hoersten (Assistant Art Director), Angelique Serrano (Beauty Director), Noora Raj (Associate Communications Director), Lavinel Savu (Assistant Managing Editor)
Front row, from left: Natalie McCrea (International Manager), DeLora Jones Blake (Chief of Reporters), Jennifer Ferrise (Assistant Editor)

Where We Went: Charles James Exhibit at The Met

Field trips aren’t just for kids! Last Friday, InStyle staffers migrated uptown to the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to peruse the much-buzzed-about Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit (open until August 10, 2014), which, for those who don’t know, is the inaugural showcase of the newly revamped Costume Institute (and, of course, the thematic tie-in for this year’s Met Gala). 

While making our way through the melange of highly sculptural ball gowns designed by the 20th-century Anglo-American couturier (the exhibit included 65 of his most noteworthy designs), we became fixated on the digitized animations and x-rays that accompanied each piece, explaining the dress construction via virtual demonstration. The perfect fusion of past and present!

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Pictured:
Back row, from left: Eric Wilson (Fashion News Director), Erik Jackson (Executive Editor), Donna Bulseco (Assistant Managing Editor), Cindy Weber Cleary (Fashion Director), Claire Stern (Editorial Assistant), Alyssa Hoersten (Assistant Art Director), Angelique Serrano (Beauty Director), Noora Raj (Associate Communications Director), Lavinel Savu (Assistant Managing Editor)

Front row, from left: Natalie McCrea (International Manager), DeLora Jones Blake (Chief of Reporters), Jennifer Ferrise (Assistant Editor)

Cocktails and Clothes at the home of BCBG’s Max and Lubov Azria

"Welcome to mi casa!" exclaimed Lubov Azria, gesturing around the lush backyard of “Maison Du Soleil," the L.A. home she shares with husband Max Azria. "But please excuse my terrible Spanish," she laughed. 

The occasion, which coincides with the firms 25th birthday, was a cocktail fete and fashion show of the BCBG Max Azria and Herve Leger 2015 Resort collections, and to beat the summer heat, attendees were given fans that read: “Be Chic Be Gorgeous.”

While guests (like Keke Palmer, Jamie Chung, and Bellamy Young) sipped signature cocktails and munched on fish tacos, Lubov gave a lively running commentary as models pranced around the pool in Tunisian-inspired caftans, cropped embroidered jackets, floaty handkerchief dresses and harem pants.

"Max has always just wanted to make women feel beautiful," nodded Lubov toward her husband, who watched appreciatively with their daughter Agnes (who later sang two original songs for the crowd).

As guests parted into the sunset, they were fittingly gifted with mirrored aviator shades and hats, as well as pastel shades of Zoya nail polish and an Herve Leger fragrance.  

— Glynis Costin, West Coast Bureau Chief

Behind the Scenes: InStyle’s Ice Cream Shoot
 
I love ice cream. I’m the kind of person who would enjoy a scoop in 20-degree weather, outdoors, wrapped in a parka. And that’s why having to test frozen desserts during the arctic month of February for our July issue was a piece of cake for this pastry chef-turned-editor.

Throughout the month of February, our team tested dishes from the pages of the new book Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, written by the James Beard award-winning author, Jeni Britton Bauer, who’s also the founder of the hugely successful parlor Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio.

Fast forward several weeks, dozens of pints, and an obscene amount of calories later, our team was finally able to settle on five beautiful, scrumptious, easy-to-make ice cream-based dishes, including these fruit sugar-dough ice cream-toppers  (think of them as fruit pie-cookie hybrids) and this classic looking tart, which is—surprise!—filled with a creamy, vanilla ice cream in lieu of a typical custard pudding.

If you’re feeling artsy, you can slice and arrange fruity pieces to create a patterns or letters—they will look and taste just as delectable as a casual mound of mixed berries.  
 
Learn how to make them in the “Ice Cream Classics Made Cooler” story on page 191 in our July 2014 issue, available now on newsstands and for digital download.

— Anne Kim, InStyle Assistant Editor

Photo credits: Mike Vorrasi and Anne Kim

Look Who We Met: Recording Artist Lykke Li
On tour to promote her recently released album, “I Never Learn,” Swedish-born singer-songwriter Lykke Li made a stop at the newly opened Empire Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to seats at the sold-out show (which was amazing, by the way), we scored an intimate meet-and-greet with the star backstage in her dressing room.
The first thing we noticed when we walked into the cozy room was her swoon-worthy ensemble, complete with shoes she designed herself. We were thrilled to find out that some of her designs will soon be available to the public—the star is collaborating with fashion brand & Other Stories for a collection that will launch in the fall. We got to preview a few of the pieces up close, and later saw them in their full glory on-stage while she performed new tracks, like “No Rest For The Wicked,” and old hits, such as “Little Bit.”
While this was her last stop in the U.S. before heading off to Europe, she’ll return stateside in August for music festivals Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. 
— Tessa Trudeau, Editorial Assistant, InStyle LA office

Look Who We Met: Recording Artist Lykke Li

On tour to promote her recently released album, “I Never Learn,” Swedish-born singer-songwriter Lykke Li made a stop at the newly opened Empire Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to seats at the sold-out show (which was amazing, by the way), we scored an intimate meet-and-greet with the star backstage in her dressing room.

The first thing we noticed when we walked into the cozy room was her swoon-worthy ensemble, complete with shoes she designed herself. We were thrilled to find out that some of her designs will soon be available to the public—the star is collaborating with fashion brand & Other Stories for a collection that will launch in the fall. We got to preview a few of the pieces up close, and later saw them in their full glory on-stage while she performed new tracks, like “No Rest For The Wicked,” and old hits, such as “Little Bit.”

While this was her last stop in the U.S. before heading off to Europe, she’ll return stateside in August for music festivals Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

— Tessa Trudeau, Editorial Assistant, InStyle LA office

Where We Went: Dannijo’s Showroom
I’ve visited my fair share of showrooms, and not to play favorites, but Dannijo hands-down has one of the most unique spaces I’ve ever seen. The exposed brick loft functions as both an office and display area, and it looks like the lavish Soho living room you never had. Framed oil paintings and old Dannijo fashion spreads line the walls, and on various shelves around the space lie mannequin heads bedecked with Dannijo’s current collections. 
Danielle and Jodie Snyder, the sister design duo and co-founders of the brand, designed the space themselves. “We like to be inspired by where we work,” Jodie told me during my visit. “It’s an extension of us and our aesthetic.” The most eye-catching part for me were the mannequins stationed in the back of the studio adorned with layers of jewels. The Snyder’s call them “Dannijo fembots.” If Austin Powers ever makes a comeback…
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Where We Went: Dannijo’s Showroom

I’ve visited my fair share of showrooms, and not to play favorites, but Dannijo hands-down has one of the most unique spaces I’ve ever seen. The exposed brick loft functions as both an office and display area, and it looks like the lavish Soho living room you never had. Framed oil paintings and old Dannijo fashion spreads line the walls, and on various shelves around the space lie mannequin heads bedecked with Dannijo’s current collections. 

Danielle and Jodie Snyder, the sister design duo and co-founders of the brand, designed the space themselves. “We like to be inspired by where we work,” Jodie told me during my visit. “It’s an extension of us and our aesthetic.” The most eye-catching part for me were the mannequins stationed in the back of the studio adorned with layers of jewels. The Snyder’s call them “Dannijo fembots.” If Austin Powers ever makes a comeback…

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Behind the Scenes: Jennifer Lopez’s April Cover Shoot

The pages of our annual April “Color Issue” never fail to amaze with rainbow-bright delights, and there’s no one as colorful or as vibrant (or beautiful!) as JLo. As such, we did our due diligence and packed for the shoot with luggage teeming with brilliant dresses (including one art-inspired Chanel creation), bold clutches and dazzling jewels.

Flip through the gallery above to get a behind-the-scenes feel of the cover shoot, and then head on over to InStyle.com to read about the atmosphere, which songs JLo danced to, and more.