By Ginger Harris, author of the Miami fashion and beauty blog Electricblogarella.com.
Missed your manicure? M.A.C. Ruffian has a sexy solution. Need a spa treatment? Miami Spa Month has them in spades. Looking for a little workout motivation? Jackie Warner has you covered.
BEAUTY: Fact: You can’t always make it to the manicurist. But tromping around town with tattered nails is unacceptable. What’s a girl to do? M.A.C. comes to the rescue with its Ruffian collection. The selection of runway-inspired press-on nails aren’t just a between-manis solution, they are works of art. With offerings like black and gold nails (Demilune) and red,white and black nails (Demoiselle) ($25), you’re sure to get attention from your tips to your lips—Ruffian Red, Gold and Naked ($14.50 each) are also part of the collection and chic offerings in the lip department. GET IT: Find the collection online at maccosmetics.com/ruffian.
SPA: It’s heeeeeere. Miami Spa Month! Enjoy a host of treatments all around town at Miami’s most luxurious spas for just $99. Want to share a little R&R? Try the couple’s massage at Agua at the Delano. The candlelit massage for two is a perfect treat for your sweetie or a great escape for you and your best friend. Even a great peace offering for you and the mother in law. Or, check in to Lapis at the Fontainebleau for not only a treatment like the hot stones rock massage, but a trip through the spa’s water journey and access to the pool and gym. Plus, visit Tuesday through Thursday and get a complimentary manicure or soak. Yup, all for $99. GET IT: July1-Aug. 31. For a list of participating spas, log on to miamispamonth.com. Agua at the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-6100. Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4772.
GYM: Celeb trainer and Bravo reality workout goddess Jackie Warner takes a minute of two to tell us how to get off our duffs and get in shape this summer.
What can we do to motivate ourselves into a fitness routine? That is the number one question I get asked. I plan my workouts and write them down before I do them. I make them more creative and pre-plan for a week at a time.
How often should you exercise and for how long? Six days a week, Sunday for rest. Average exercise should be an hour a day.
How long before you start to see results? Usually, a week after, if you work out six days a week. This needs to coordinate with completely cleaning up your diet — having a sugar-free diet, incorporating two fruits, three to four vegetables, three lean, free-range proteins and two good fats, like avocados, nuts, per day.
What's the one thing in your cabinet you should just go ahead and throw out now? Anything white and processed—white bread, rice, croutons or pasta.
What if you can't make it to the gym, what's a good at-home exercise you can squeeze in for that day? Pushups and squats: three sets with 20 repetitions each.
Best fitness tip you can share. Definitely drink water (my preferred choice is Evian). Drinking three liters of water a day speeds up metabolism by 33 percent and is also a great liver detoxifier. It also makes your skin look visibly more beautiful and keeps your cells more hydrated.
To get more tips from Jackie Warner, log on to jackiewarner.com.