Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Green Yogis

The other day I was at my University’s yoga club meeting and a girl made a comment about how yoga mats make good thermo mats when you’re camping. It made me think of what else you could do to reuse those old yoga mats that you never use anymore (because all of us yogis wanna re-use and save the environment right??) lol.
Anyway, the first and most obvious option is to donate mats to YMCAs, thrift shops, volunteer yoga organizations, etc. But sometimes they just aren’t in good enough shape to donate. In those cases I have a few ideas:
-Cut them to fit under any uncomfortable mats that you stand on a lot (in the kitchen or bathroom) if the floor still feels hard underneath
-In the trunk of your car to protect the bottom from mud or sharp things
-Cut small to fit under chair or bed legs that may scratch up hardwood
-They could also go underneath these furniture “legs” to level out any unbalanced pieces
-As long as they’re washed well, they work as an insulator that you put in-between the fabrics in quilts

-Prime material for slip and slides!!! Remember those things??
Ha, so those are my ideas for now. I sincerely hope that someone does the slip and slide one. Tell me about your ideas on how to reuse!


Ami G

Back to Bloggin' with Swtichflops

Hi again!

So I was window shopping the other day and I saw something so intriguing that it made me think of my blog, and how much I missss it. So now I’m back and bloggin!

The thing that I found is called Switchflops. I have mixed ideas on them, but still think they are worth knowing about! Pretty much, the idea is that they have a ton of v-shaped designs that attach to their line of shoes to make them look like a completely new pair of shoes!

So, they have different basic styles to choose from, like wedges or kitten heels (which I approve of), or flip flops. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs some basic sandals. But those are so affordable already that you probably don’t need to splurge on this product.

At first I thought that they might be cheap and tacky, but once I saw them live in action I realized that some of them look really great! A fun idea for matchy-matchy people.

Check out the website here and let me know what you think! It's interactive so you can choose your basic style and see what it looks like with the different straps attached. When I observed the product in-store (at the Plaid Giraffe, Whyte Ave, Edmonton, if you're interested), it seemed like the straps stay on quite secure.


Ami G

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Warrior I

For any yogis who are interested, it is now time for Virbhadrasana I! (also known as Warrior I).
You can start at the back of your mat, and take a large step about 4 feet in front of you. In a vinyasa sequence this position is usually entered from a downward dog, but I’ll stick with my hatha trend.
In my pics I stepped forward with my right leg, so I will give all of my directions with that side. Turn your left (back) foot at a 45 degree angle, and bend your right knee so that it’s at a 90 degree angle (knee right over the ankle). Swing your arms up, shoulder length apart, and a gazing point high up is best.
I find the most difficult part is keeping your hips square, so continuously try to pull your left hip forward. If you are feeling comfortable you can spread your legs further away from eachother (making sure the heels are still lined up), or you can even go into a micro-backbend.
This pose, like many others, is helpful for circulation and respiration. Today we are also going to add a spinal twist for a strong and flexible back. You can follow these directions, and try to look like the bottom pic!
Bring your hands down into prayer, and on your exhale twist the top of your body to the right. You can then bring your left elbow to the right side of your right knee, and bring your gaze to the ceiling (past your right elbow). If this is comfortable you can bring your left arm to touch the ground (on the outside of your right foot) and raise the arm straight into the air.
Have fun with this one! On every inhale lengthen your body and feel your head move closer to the wall in front of you, and on your exhale continue to twist further. It feels sooo goood.

Love, Ami G

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Surfing with Style

So, anyone who stays updated on cocoperez.com already knows this, but I think it’s so fun that I have to repost it.
Surfing.Is.My.Dream. aaaand, now luxury brands like Chanel and Marc Jacobs are expanding their brand to appeal to other people who love it!
I’m curious to see how these sell… but I love the option of them!

It sort of makes sense considering that other sports equipment has been introduced and ended up with success. Shown below I have the ad featuring a Chanel rugby ball, and one of their snowboards underneath.

I looove this combo of fashion and sport, I need to get rich and hit the waves now time!

Love, Ami G

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Accessorize Affordably

I’m an eBay addict and have been scoring big lately, so I wanna share with you my fav thing to buy online: jewelry (and accessories).

First, most of the time you don’t have to worry about sizes (rings excluded- those are tricky). Second, since there is such a plethora of sellers, you get a huge variety of styles. Third, on a site that is auction-style there is so much potential to get a great deal!

This works best if there is something specific that you are looking for. For example, I have wanted a cameo for soooo lonnngggg, but they’re difficult to find and can be somewhat expensive. The one posted below however, I got for 99 cents including shipping!! Actually, every item pictured here I received for $2.50 or less (including shipping), which is way better than what I could find in the store.

Top: Shows a 24 inch gold chain on the left, Namaste yoga pendant on the top, and cameo on the right.
Bottom: Peal headband on the left (so Ami), and large pearl earrings on the right.

Happy shopping, show me what you find! Caution: This gets extremely addicting.

Love, Ami G

Keys to my Heart

Aww, last night I received a “just-because” present, which I think are the absolute most special ones. One of my friends saw something that made her think of me, so she bought it, made it into a necklace, and it is now one of my fav pieces of jewelry!

The key made her think of me because I had just been telling her how beautiful my house keys were when I lived in Spain (like something out of Lord of the Rings), and I had planned to made a necklace out of them but everything was so rush-rush that I forgot.

I then came back and saw that Tiffany had out this new line of gorgeous keys and that the fad was growing!

A couple friends have them (real ones and knock-offs included), but I’ve sort of been waiting around for one with sentimental value. And now I have one and it’s gorgeous! So I thought it deserved a quick blog so that she knows how much I love my key :)

Thanks Melly,

Love, Ami G

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pavement Pounders

Hey Readers!

When I blogged about the Underwear Affair, I promised a pic from the event, so here's a quickee post for a follow up!

First photo is of my sexy team --> The Pavement Pounders.
Second is of the amazing Lady Gaga impersonator. That GUY did an awesome job.

It was an excellent event and I highly encourage it to all! So.Much.Fun!!

Love, Ami G