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9 IG posts you mighta missed #Oscars Edition

The big screen's favorite awards show had its fair share of up, downs and uh-ohs, but some of the behind-the-scenes moments caught on IG were even more entertaining.

Get ready to start double tapping. 

1. When Ryan Seacrest brought Pharrell's baby shower to the red carpet

2. When Jimmy Kimmel started plotting against Matt Damon

 

3. When a very pregnant Ciara met up with a very pregnant Rosie

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4. TMW the OG inspiration for Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson joined Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson on stage to accept the award. 

I'm not crying- YOU'RE crying! 

I'm not crying- YOU'RE crying! 

5. Taraji P. Henson reuniting with Jackie Chan on the red carpet. Watch the adorbz pair in action here

 

6. Adele congratulating her pal Emma Stone in her PJs. 

7. Sophia Vergara stealing an Oscar award from the after party.

8. Emma Roberts cheesin' with her aunt at the #Oscars.

 

9. And last but not least, the #1 best #Oscars moment was Chrissy Teigan falling asleep during the show.

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OMG. RUTH BADER GINSBURG KNOWS HOW TO #MAKESWEATSEXY

If you weren't already obsessed with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dubbed Notorious RBG, for her bad-ass and relentless work championing women's rights, then just you wait. 

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We heard a rumor on the internet that dis 83-year-old Supreme Court justice can bench more than dudes can. So we had to check out the story on Politico. Journalist Ben Schreckinger takes us through her workout routine (includes planks, squats, and yes, bench press) and his 26-year-old-male-ass can't even keep up.

Yes, kween. Serve it.

Credit: Politico 

Credit: Politico 

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Ruth. We'll keep praying for your haters. 

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WTF IS MARDI GRAS?

It's Mardi Gras, junkies -- and you know what that means! Beads on beads, sassy AF masquerades and a whole lotta drink specials. We've got our NYC, DC and Beantown b*tches covered on where to celebrate tonight -- but before you hit those Hurricanes and pull out that green and purple feathered boa, read up on our fave New Orleans traditions and the history of the world's biggest, baddest block party.

THE BACKSTORY

Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, aka Shrove Tuesday, is the very last day before Catholics and some Protestants start Lent -- forty days of fasting and abstinence before Easter. Mardi Gras is the last day to get all those sins out of your system, whether that means stuffing your face with beignets and beer or flashing the hot AF guy on the parade float in front of you.

THE KING CAKE

It's not a party without cake, and down in the Big Easy, they do cake right. The King Cake is ring-shaped and drenched in purple, green and gold icing. It's been around since the middle ages -- though back then it wasn't nearly so colorful. King Cake is meant to be eaten all throughout January and February, right up until the start of Lent -- which means Mardi Gras is the last day you're supposed to snag that sugar rush.

The tiny baby buried inside? That's a newer tradition, started by a New Orleans bakery back in the 50's. It's supposed to be lucky to get the little figurine in your slice -- and hey, at least it's in your cake and not in ya belly, kween.

THE BEADS

Sure, maybe you got that strand of shiny purple beads because you lifted your crop top to show off those killer abs and that bangin’ ((305)) sports bra. But back in the day, purple beads were tossed out to folks who exhibited the trait of "justice." Green was for "faith," and gold, for "power." Back then, the jewelry was made of glass, too -- which might have made it a little more fun to nab 30-plus strands.

WHERE TO DRANK

Without further ado, here are three of the best bar specials and events for our junkies in NYC, DC and Boston:

NYC

Bryant Park - Hurricanes and etouffees not your thing? Head to the rink in Winter Village, where they're turning the ice purple, green and gold and blasting the best New Orleans jazz for the holiday.

Treadwell Park - Ariel Italic -- who calls herself "your new third-favorite drag queen" is on deck to host the first-ever Mardi Gras bash at this Lenox Hill beer hall. They're turnin' up the bass on the Triad Brass Band, offering a menu of New Orleans favorites, and keeping six taps flowing with Louisiana's Abita beers. And they'll have a station full of that NOLA favorite: Sazeracs.

Bagatelle - This French-focused Meatpacking District institution is servin' up theatrics, dancers and a feast fit for a king. Rezzies recommended, babes. 

DC

Astro Doughnuts - Get your king cake fix at this DC staple, which will be serving these decadent treats in doughnut form (minus the baby) allllll day.

Bayou - Bringing a lil’ NOLA flavor to the District, Bayou will have live music and all the Big Easy classics (jambalaya! po’ boys! hurricanes!) on hand for their annual Mardi Gras blowout.

Vieux Carre - With themed cocktails, beads galore, and a name that literally means “French Quarter”, it’s sure to be a party at Vieux Carre. Plus, the DC hotspot will be raising $$$ for UNITY of Greater New Orleans.

BOSTON

South Street Diner - Each year, this legendary diner goes all out for Mardi Gras with all-you-can-eat jambalaya (yeah, you read that right), voodoo punch, and WTF offerings like alligator sausage.

Buttermilk & Bourbon - Sip on Hand Grenades all night at this newly-opened Bourbon Street-inspired bar. Expect NOLA-inspired murals and some seriously delish Southern food.

The Beehive - Alex Lee Clark and his big band are blastin' all the Big Easy jazz you can handle at this South End spot, where they'll also be serving up food and drink specials. Best of all: no cover!

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Teach Me How To: Ballet Jacks

Hey dolls 💁, we back with a new edition of the TEACH ME HOW TO ✨📚 series.

With all the NEW-NEW choreo and music 🎶 we got rolling out, we're making sure you got the steps before your next sexy sweat sesh on the dance floor 💦..

Today, we’re breaking down the BALLET JACKS with our NYC instructor, “The Cheerleader” Danielle Carlacci 💃

 
Ballet Jacks will help get your heart rate up!

Ballet Jacks will help get your heart rate up!

  • STEP 1: Start with your hands 🤗 stretched out to the sides and your feet a little wider than hips distance, apart. Put your weight towards the balls of your feet 👟.
  • STEP 2: With a slight bend in the knees, start to lower your hands towards and have them cross in front of your lower pelvic area.
  • STEP 3: With your weight on your toes, have a slight jump up on both feet, bringing them towards center and crossing one over the other. At the same time, cross your arms in a circular motion towards the center of your body.
  • STEP 4: At the top the move, your arms should be extended overhead 🙆, and your legs crossed while you’re landing on the balls of your feet. You should be serving some Black Swan realness 👯!
  • STEP 5: To jump back out of the top of the move, your arms should circulate 🔄 back out extended, and your feet go back to being wider than hips distance apart

Pro Tip 😉  - Think of this move as one where you’re constantly going in ◀️ and out ▶️ of your body’s center with your arms and leg. Like a jumping jack, you’re bringing your arms and feet in & out, and side to side (hey Ariana!).

Shin Splints a problem? Your best bet is to squeeze your glutes every time you jump up in this move. Try it! And for more exercises to fix and prevent shin splints, check out these 🍑-strengthening must-do moves.


What moves would you like us to feature in a "Teach Me How To" post? Let us know in the comments!

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#SQUADGOALS: OUR FAVE GIRL GANGS

You know who they are: they're on the group chat that's always blowin’ up your phone, they're the first ones you call when you need a last-minute cocktail fix, and they're the ones you literally couldn't live without.

In honor of our totally offish, totally amazing ((305)) Day -- which, on 3.05.17, lets all our junkies bring their 2 besties to class, FO' FREE -- we rounded up the five hottest girl gangs that are literally defining #squadgoals. (And check your inboxes for all the deets on 3.05.17.)

THE SPICE GIRLS

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The OG squad for us 90s junkies, these fab babes showed us what GIRL POWAAA is all about, from flauntin' what your mama gave ya to sticking by your BFFs. ‘Cause everyone knows that if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends.

AMANDLA STENBERG AND WILLOW SMITH

Photo via Instagram / Willow Smith.

Photo via Instagram / Willow Smith.

These woke teens have spoken out on issues like race, feminism, and cultural appropriation, and are leading the #resistance for a whole new generation. They also hang out with fellow cool girls Kiernan Shipka and Tavi Gevinson on the reg.

THE LADIES OF SNL

Photo via GLAMOUR. 

Photo via GLAMOUR. 

From mom jeans to Bronx Beat to Melanianade, each generation of comedic babes have left us literally dying of laughter. Apart from writing and starring in their own sketches, these hilarious AF ladies have also formed some amazing friendships along the way.

EMMA STONE, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, AND ADELE

What happens when you put THREE (count ‘em) Oscar winners together in the same room? From dancing the night away at Adele’s concert to bonding over margaritas, these gal pals give us some serious FOMO.

THE WOMEN OF THE SENATE

Photo via Getty Images. 

Photo via Getty Images. 

The 20 women in the Senate represent wildly different political views on basically every damn issue -- but far more often than their 80 male colleagues, these bosses put aside those differences and get sh*t done. They were the ones who got the chamber negotiating again when Republicans shut down the government in 2013. Those same ladies introduce more legislation, get more support for it from their colleagues and get more laws passed than their male colleagues -- there's even a 2015 study to back it up.

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Instructor Spotlight: Natalia Roberts

Natalia Roberts only has one button: GO. She’s dancing. She’s training. She’s instructing. She’s knocking it out of the (Prospect) park. Our girl Natalia has been sweating it with ((305)) for nearly three years—and we can’t get enough of her hot-bod moves and up-beat mood. Natalia was kind enough to give us the inside scoop on her her life, her hustle, and her perfect dream job. 


Heisman ain't got nothing on Natalia...

Heisman ain't got nothing on Natalia...

Let’s get this party started. How long have you been with ((305))?

Almost three years ago now! I auditioned in January, and was teaching on the schedule by the summer of 2014. 

Veteran status. What drew you to ((305)) in the first place?

After I finished undergrad, I moved to New York City to do a two-year certificate for ballet and contemporary dance. I was looking for part-time work that I could do alongside dance school. I was also trying to find my way in New York and my people!

One night I was out with my sister and a friend over the winter holidays. We were at a club and it was supposed to be popping—but it was NOT. People were nodding along, but they weren’t DOING anything. So I decided I needed to get the party started. I got everyone dancing and having a good time (give a holla if you love a good Soul Train!). The next morning I saw an ad for 305 asking, “are you a party starter?” 

Smells like destiny to me. So what was the biggest challenge of acclimating to NYC?

Honestly it was trying to find a community of people. I was raised by a village. I had second parents, third parents, and a dozen friends I've known since birth. In college (at WashU) I was apart of the Ervin Scholarship program. I accepted the scholarship because it was a full ride, but it turned out to be so much more then that! We had monthly meetings, community events and a true community. When I moved to New York I had to craft my own community for the first time—and it was hard.

On being romantic AF:
My boyfriend and I live on either side of the Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Sometimes we’ll meet half way, just to play catch, run around, and spend time with each other.

That is super hard!

But makes you super grateful for a space and place like ((305))! Since working at ((305)), I've steamrolled my way through three relationships, gone from being a student to a professional, lived in two different cities (New York and DC), moved into five different apartments—and worked countless side jobs. ((305)) is the only thing that's been consistent in my adult life, and I think that's because I found my first solid friend group here. 

On managing that sweat life:
I’m sweaty all year round. I think the trick is hanging wet, sweaty clothes up to dry as much as possible, and then dedicating one part of your purse (or gym bag) to just being a little bit gross.

So what’s your role in a friend group?

Hmm. So imagine you’re at a party. And everyone knows each other, but there one person who brought a date or a random friend, and that person doesn't have anyone to talk to. I’m the person who talks to the outsider. I like to make people feel wanted.

On music that builds:
My favorite types of songs are the ones that would play in a movie, right as the hero is accomplishing some kind of victory. You know, like “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” in Mulan.

So you’re the Includer! I love that. What other stuff are you up to?

On the fitness side of things I just finished training with another Studio and am certified to teach three classes there: HIIT, barre, and a cardio-based class. I'm hoping to keep the study train going and buckle down on my personal training certification. I'm also teaching fitness classes to charter school teachers after school as part of an engagement and retention program. The teachers are so tired at the end of the day, but this way I can bring the fitness to them.

On the dancing side I'm currently a member of the Caterina Rago Dance Company, we'll be gearing up soon for our tour to Italy! I’m trying to figure out the whole choreography thing, and I'm currently in a Choreolab. I was in my first play recently... Will be joining a new project-based company with some old dance-school friends in March... Also-also! I’m going to be in a lindy hop music video! It’s kind of a combination of swing dancing and hip hop. 

DAYUM girl. You’ve got a lot going on. Okay let’s wrap this up. What is your dream job five years from now?

I would love to be choreographing for some kind of immersive dance theater. But if I’m really thinking DREAM job...I would love for a celebrity to hire me as their personal trainer—or another job where I could travel the world doing what I love... and get a bunch of swag fo' free.


Want some face time with Natalia. Catch her in class or follow her on Instagram, how bow dah? 

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7 Celebs Leading the #Resistance

Since it's always a good time to #ResistHate, we rounded up a list of celebs who also believe that nasty don't quit!

1. Malia Obama

Malia Obama attended the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Her father may be BAE-rack, but she's still our WCE.


2. Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda has been an outspoken critic of the "Predator in Chief's" decision to move forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline project. (She even served Thanksgiving Dinner to protesters at Standing Rock.)


3. Bella & Gigi Hadid

Fashion's favorite sisters took to the streets (and to the 'gram) to shout #NOTMYPRESIDENT.


4. Shia LaBeouf

The former Even Stevens star routinely protest our current presidential administration's nonsense and has recently created a new modern art project called "He Will Not Divide Us". 


5. Hari Nef

The actress and model has been spotted at Women's/LGBT/Resistance marches all across the country. Watch her sound off here. And be sure to follow her on Twitter for her hot takes on current events. 


6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave an emotional speech #RESIST - ing Tr*mp's immigration ban as she accepted her SAG award.  Watch the full speech here.


7. Jessica Williams

The co-founder of the HILARIOUS Two Dope Queens podcast took to the streets for the #WomensMarch in Park City, Utah. 

This has been your daily reminder that NASTY DONT QUIT.

This has been your daily reminder that NASTY DONT QUIT.

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5 Black Leaders They Didn't Teach You About In School

February is Black History Month, so we're taking a deep dive into the stories of Black Americans who played an integral role in shaping the good ol' US of A.

Think you learned all of this in school? Think again. 

1. Marsha P. Johnson

In the 1960s, The Stonewall Inn was a sanctuary for LGBT people to go out and dance with their friends and chill without police harassment (allegedly because the bar had mafia ties). On June 28, 1969, Marsha P. Johnson went out to celebrate her 25th birthday at The Stonewall Inn, but ended up starting a revolution. That evening the police raided the bar, but Johnson led the patrons to fight back- marking the beginning of the modern LGBT movement, inspiring marches and pride festivals across the country. While history often forgets this trans woman of color, it is important to remember her legacy fighting for LGBT rights and AIDS activism.

2. Shirley Graham Du Bois

Shirley Graham Du Bois was much more than the wife of famed civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Before they even got hitched, she was the author of Tom-Tom, the first all-black opera performed professionally in the US, she wrote biographies about influential people in black history, and helped massively expand the NAACP during the 1940s- all while raising two boys has a single mother.

Once Shirley married W.E.B. Du Bois, the two became the definition of #couplegoals. Shirley helped expand her husband's activism by recognizing the intersectionality between race and economics. When her husband was accused of being a communist during the Red Scare, Shirley traveled across the country, giving speeches to clear his name, and it worked- he was let go. Even after her husbands death, Shirley continued to fight alongside other Black activists like Malcolm, and worked with high profile political figures to create progress in modern America.      

3. Beverly Johnson

In August 1974, Beverly Johnson became the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue. Not only did she open the door for other black models and diversity in fashion, she helped redefine American beauty standards.

This is MAJOR because, as writer Constance C.R. White put it-

"Because looking good — good enough to be seen by millions — speaks volumes about what we value, and that value wields a great kind of power."

4. Dr. Charles Drew

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Dr. Charles Drew saved countless lives with his creation of blood banks, and his innovative research on ways to process and store blood and plasma. He served as the Director of several American and British blood donation programs during WWII, including the American Red Cross, but left the position in protest to the organization's belief that the blood of African Americans should be kept separate. 

He continued his career as a professor and Department Head of Surgery at Howard University,, the Chief Surgeon at Freedman Hospital and the first African-American examiner for the American Board of Surgery before his death.

5. Guion S. Bluford

Prepare for takeoff!

Guion S. Bluford (also known as Guy) was a mission specialist on the Challenger space shuttle in 1983. As the first African American to travel into space, Bluford began his career as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam, where he won many awards for his outstanding performance. Bluford spent over 688 hours in space before his retirement from NASA in 1993, and is considered a distinguished astronaut and scientist. 

 

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RED CARPET FAILS: OSCAR LOOKS WE NEVER WANNA SEE AGAIN

We're less than one week away from the Oscars, aka the awards show that gives all our annual excuse to drink too much on a work night and make jokes about Anne Hathaway.

There's a pretty good chance La La Land is going to scoop up basically every award -- so for us this year, it's all about who's going to slay the red carpet. We've got our eyes on kweens like Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and Alicia Vikander, who never disappoint.

But in hopes of getting everyone else to up their game, let's flashback to some of the outfits that turned heads -- and not always in a good way.

5 Reasons Why Obama Will Always Be BAE-rack

Happy #NotMyPresidentsDay Weekend!

With “Fake News” and all the other batshit crazy things going on with this current administration, we can’t help but be like, “BARACK, WE MISS YOU!!!!” (PS - keep your fight hot with our #100DaysofResistance!)

This President’s Day, we’re remembering all the amazing moments that the 44th President gave us during his 8 years in Presidency:

via NY Times The March on Selma 50 years after peaceful protesters in Selma, AL were beaten by police officers, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Obama led a huge bipartisan march to commemorate those who fought and paved the way for the next generation. Also, with the all the other current events happening at the time, it was more important than ever to push on and remind folks that “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

via NY Times

The March on Selma

50 years after peaceful protesters in Selma, AL were beaten by police officers, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Obama led a huge bipartisan march to commemorate those who fought and paved the way for the next generation. Also, with the all the other current events happening at the time, it was more important than ever to push on and remind folks that “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

#RelationshipGoals with Michelle Name a more iconic couple… we’ll wait. Michelle and Barack are continuing to be the epitome of couple goals. The way they lead the country together, support one another, raise their two beautiful daughters and fluffy dogs, advocate for marginalized groups, etc. shows the strength of their bond. They stay kicking ass as our fave couple duo.

#RelationshipGoals with Michelle

Name a more iconic couple… we’ll wait. Michelle and Barack are continuing to be the epitome of couple goals. The way they lead the country together, support one another, raise their two beautiful daughters and fluffy dogs, advocate for marginalized groups, etc. shows the strength of their bond. They stay kicking ass as our fave couple duo.

Singing & dancing on the job From slow jamming the news to busting out his “Thriller” dance moves on Halloween, we got mad love for our Prez who can get down. Also, we still got those barackdubs in heavy rotation.

Singing & dancing on the job

From slow jamming the news to busting out his “Thriller” dance moves on Halloween, we got mad love for our Prez who can get down. Also, we still got those barackdubs in heavy rotation.

Awarded Uncle Joe the Presidential Medal of Freedom He really couldn’t leave the Presidency without hitting us right in the feelz! When he surprised Joe Biden and awarded our fave VP the nation's highest civilian honor, with distinction, we grabbed those tissues and cried too. Biden was the uncle we always wanted and we’ll be forever grateful for his service. We’ll always have those Obama and Biden memes to get us through the next 4 years.

Awarded Uncle Joe the Presidential Medal of Freedom

He really couldn’t leave the Presidency without hitting us right in the feelz! When he surprised Joe Biden and awarded our fave VP the nation's highest civilian honor, with distinction, we grabbed those tissues and cried too. Biden was the uncle we always wanted and we’ll be forever grateful for his service. We’ll always have those Obama and Biden memes to get us through the next 4 years.

Bromancing with world leaders From cracking jokes with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cozying with England’s Royal Family, Barack built strong relationships with our Allies, because he knew that having great international partnerships is one of the ways to continue making America great. He knew to reciprocate that support and when we fight against the forces that oppose our country, we have some bad ass partners holding us down!

Bromancing with world leaders

From cracking jokes with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cozying with England’s Royal Family, Barack built strong relationships with our Allies, because he knew that having great international partnerships is one of the ways to continue making America great. He knew to reciprocate that support and when we fight against the forces that oppose our country, we have some bad ass partners holding us down!


So like, Barack, you wanna come back from vacay and fix this messy administration, or nah?

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5 real ways to celebrate black history month

February is Black History Month -- and it's important for all Americans because Black History is history and is a part of our nation's story.

So what can you do to honor this cultural celebration?

1. Get information (AKA educate yourself!)

Read. A. Damn. Book. We love getting down and dirrrty with a good book to expand out minds and learn about the world around us. This Black History Month we suggest spicing up your reading list with one of the novels by one of the amazing black authors below. 

Already did your homework? We also love this list of good reads for Black History Month.

2. Support your local black-owned businesses

We believe in putting your money where your mouth is. Not only does shopping local help the economy (and your neighbors!) and usually getting a better quality product, small businesses help preserve a community's culture. Take some time to research black owned businesses, restaurants and services in your area.

Also, consider making a donation to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. They're an organization that works to end both idealogical and institutionalized discrimination against all minorities. 

3. Watch Hidden Figures in theaters

Set in the 1960's, this movie highlights the untold story of three black, female mathematicians who were integral to NASA's space exploration. Not only did these ladies perform literal rocket science, they burst through the discriminatory ceilings society had placed on them. The oscar nominated film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae- so you know it's gonna be good.

4. Stand up against pervious and current injustices

Whether you see history reported incorrectly, or see some seriously uncool ish go down in public, it's important to stand up for those who are constantly dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia and general bigotry -- even if that means having a conversation with your family, friend, or coworker about why their behavior (or words) is hurtful.

We <3 this article on how to stop microagressions by the Chicago Community Trust.

5. Repeat these steps. All. Year. Long. 

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Fuel Up With These Off-the-Walnut Bites

Today’s post comes from ((305)) junkie and aspiring natural chef Emily Knapp. Learn more about Emily's nutritious, whole and delicious AF recipes on her blog, The Fresh Slice!

Every badass workout requires powerful nutrition to nourish your muscles, reduce inflammation and replenish vitamins that were lost during your hot and sweaty 305 sesh. With that in mind I whipped up a power ball recipe using whole ingredients that are the perfect snack pre- or post-workout and will keep you slaying it on the dance floor. 

This recipe combines nuts, seeds and dried fruit to give you a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fiber that will support your work in class, while warming spices reduce inflammation so you are ready for your next workout.

Breaking it Down:

 
Walnuts Packed with omega-3s, protein, magnesium and biotin this super nut replenishes your body while keeping your heart healthy. Walnuts have been found to reduce symptoms of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels thanks to their high omega 3 content. But aside from healthy fats, walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants protecting the body from free-radicals and boosting our immune system during the cold winter months.

Walnuts

Packed with omega-3s, protein, magnesium and biotin this super nut replenishes your body while keeping your heart healthy. Walnuts have been found to reduce symptoms of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels thanks to their high omega 3 content. But aside from healthy fats, walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants protecting the body from free-radicals and boosting our immune system during the cold winter months.

Dates Sweet, luscious and packed with fiber, dates are the perfect base for these ballz. The natural sticky consistency creates a strong base for the balls while the fiber fills you up after a difficult workout

Dates

Sweet, luscious and packed with fiber, dates are the perfect base for these ballz. The natural sticky consistency creates a strong base for the balls while the fiber fills you up after a difficult workout

Maca Powder Vitamin-packed, libido enhancing and energy boosting need I say more? Maca’s high levels of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals have been found to improve energy and stamina levels throughout the day without the dreaded crash that comes after caffeine.  

Maca Powder

Vitamin-packedlibido enhancing and energy boosting need I say more? Maca’s high levels of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals have been found to improve energy and stamina levels throughout the day without the dreaded crash that comes after caffeine.  

Cinnamon More than just a deliciously warm spice, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids are the major players in the anti-inflammatory game, found to reduce oxidative stress and protect against cancer causing free-radicals. In addition, the flavonoids work to reduce inflammation, reducing muscle soreness and pain. 

Cinnamon

More than just a deliciously warm spice, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids are the major players in the anti-inflammatory game, found to reduce oxidative stress and protect against cancer causing free-radicals. In addition, the flavonoids work to reduce inflammation, reducing muscle soreness and pain. 

Turmeric I hate to play favorites but when it comes to inflammation, once you go turmeric you never go back. Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as several essential vitamins and minerals. Curcumin works with the body to reduce inflammation in joints and muscles to improve blood flow in for a quick recovery.

Turmeric

I hate to play favorites but when it comes to inflammation, once you go turmeric you never go back. Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as several essential vitamins and minerals. Curcumin works with the body to reduce inflammation in joints and muscles to improve blood flow in for a quick recovery.

 

Despite the powerful impact these balls will have on your health and workout routine, they only take a minute to make. So no excuses. 


Off-the-Walnut Bites

Vegan and Gluten Free

Yield: 25 balls

 

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

10- 12 dates

6 apricots

¼ cup agave (or honey)

2 tbsp flax, ground

½ tbsp maca powder

2 tbsp hemp seeds

½ cup coconut flour

1 tbs cinnamon (more to taste)

2 tsp turmeric

Pinch of salt

(Optional: a scoop of your favorite protein powder) 

 

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth and dough comes together.
  2. Using a tablespoon, scoop into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes until set.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

Mix it up:

  • If you are looking for a more powerful protein boost add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder, preferably plain or vanilla flavored.
  • Have a serious sweet tooth? Go ahead drizzle or dip these bad boys in dark chocolate for an added antioxidant boost and a guilt-free chocoholic dream.

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Read the (Chat) Room: Getting Flagged on OkCupid

Years ago, online dating shed its taboo skin and entered the realm of mainstream flirtation. Along the way, we've struggled to keep up with the rules. The decorum. The right balance of enough emojis and too many emojis. 

The engineers at dating sites like OkCupid have different problems—like figuring out when to ban a user for violating terms of service or violating someone's safety. 

Source: okcupid.com

Source: okcupid.com

According to OkCupid engineer Dale Markowitz:

"I want OkCupid to allow for the type of risquéness that—when properly applied—can be a turn-on. And what’s more, I don’t want our own idiosyncratic biases as a company to color what we allow on the site. We’re not morality police. But at the same time, I don’t want a minority of vocal, obscene users to make OkCupid feel like an internet cesspool. So where do we draw the line between risqué and obscene? Between aggressive flirting and abuse?"
 

Read the full story on The Cut.

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GET OUTTA TOWN THIS WEEKEND

You kicked butt at work this week and twerked up a storm in class -- now celebrate President's Day by getting the hell out of the city you're stuck in literally every other weekend.

There is a hella long stretch between this three-day weekend and the next one, which somehow (horrifyingly) isn't till the end of May -- so don't waste one bit of it! Grab your bae or your bestie and head for the hills, or at least for a fancy AF Airbnb. Some fresh surroundings will clear your head -- who couldn't use a little midwinter vacay?

We've put together a handy little guide to the best road trips that won't require more than one tank of gas -- whether you're trying to escape NYC, DC or Boston. Find a friend with a car, crank up the tunes and hit the road, junkies.

NYC TRIPPIN' : Woodstock It may not be quite the muddy love fest that it was in 1969, but Bethel, NY is still ridiculously cute, whether or not you're looking for a hippie-fueled acid flashback. This little farm town is about two hours outside the Big Apple -- and the roadtrip playlist writes itself: crank up The Who, Jefferson Airplane and a whole lotta Jimi Hendrix to get you into that purple haze frame of mind. While you're there, don't miss the museum built on the site of the famed festival-- which is focused on the history, sure, but also just on the "experience" of Woodstock. The town is adorable, too -- check out the Catskill Distillery Company or  get your Om on with a guided meditation at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra religious retreat. Peace and love, junkies.

NYC TRIPPIN' : Woodstock

It may not be quite the muddy love fest that it was in 1969, but Bethel, NY is still ridiculously cute, whether or not you're looking for a hippie-fueled acid flashback. This little farm town is about two hours outside the Big Apple -- and the roadtrip playlist writes itself: crank up The Who, Jefferson Airplane and a whole lotta Jimi Hendrix to get you into that purple haze frame of mind. While you're there, don't miss the museum built on the site of the famed festival-- which is focused on the history, sure, but also just on the "experience" of Woodstock. The town is adorable, too -- check out the Catskill Distillery Company or  get your Om on with a guided meditation at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra religious retreat. Peace and love, junkies.

D.C. TRIPPIN': Baltimore It's a quick one-hour trip up to B'more but the city could. not. be. cooler. -- it's got all the arts scene that D.C.'s missing. Make a speedy stop at the touristy National Harbor for the spectacular views of the Chesapeake and the can't-miss aquarium, but don't stay too long. Instead, head into Canton for some unreal Italian food, catch a concert at Rams Head Live or check out the divier -- and way cooler -- Ottobar or Club Charles. Do not miss the Station North murals or especially the American Visionary Art Museum -- an edgy AF museum devoted to outsider artists. And obvs, don't skip the crab cakes while you're in Maryland.

D.C. TRIPPIN': Baltimore

It's a quick one-hour trip up to B'more but the city could. not. be. cooler. -- it's got all the arts scene that D.C.'s missing. Make a speedy stop at the touristy National Harbor for the spectacular views of the Chesapeake and the can't-miss aquarium, but don't stay too long. Instead, head into Canton for some unreal Italian food, catch a concert at Rams Head Live or check out the divier -- and way cooler -- Ottobar or Club Charles. Do not miss the Station North murals or especially the American Visionary Art Museum -- an edgy AF museum devoted to outsider artists. And obvs, don't skip the crab cakes while you're in Maryland.

BOSTON TRIPPIN': Portland It may not have the quirky street cred of it's Oregon sister city, but Portland, Maine is a funky little fishing town that's well worth the two hour trip from Bean Town. The harbor views are picture-perfect enough to make all your Insta followers jealous -- especially from the top of Portland Observatory. While you're oceanside, stop for a drink and some local music at the Portland Lobster Company or nearby Liquid Riot Bottling Co., a distillery, restaurant and bar in one. Keep rockin' all night with a concert at One Longfellow Square or Port City Music Hall -- and then to cure your hangover next morning, there's only one answer: The Holy Donut.

BOSTON TRIPPIN': Portland

It may not have the quirky street cred of it's Oregon sister city, but Portland, Maine is a funky little fishing town that's well worth the two hour trip from Bean Town. The harbor views are picture-perfect enough to make all your Insta followers jealous -- especially from the top of Portland Observatory. While you're oceanside, stop for a drink and some local music at the Portland Lobster Company or nearby Liquid Riot Bottling Co., a distillery, restaurant and bar in one. Keep rockin' all night with a concert at One Longfellow Square or Port City Music Hall -- and then to cure your hangover next morning, there's only one answer: The Holy Donut.

BABES ON FIRE: THE WINNINGEST SPORTS TEAM EVAA

We know the February blahs can make it hard AF to keep up with our bada$$ instructors in class. So if you're looking for some inspiration, look no further: the baller babes over at UConn just clinched their 100th straight win Monday night. Yeah, you read that right. 💯. These court kweens haven't lost a game since 2014 -- they are literally on fire.

This is a BFD -- no team (men's or women's, profesh or otherwise) has ever notched this many wins in a row. And these amazing ladies have been breaking records right, left, and center. On this streak alone they've won four consecutive championships, and they've snagged 11 total in their history. Most of the games aren't even close: in 98 of the games, they won by at least 10 points or more. #Flawless

If they can do all that, you can *for sure* get your a$$ to class and get that post-((305)) endorphin rush back in your life. Throw on your Air Jordans this week and get your bootie shakin' like these babes.
 

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David Butler II for USA Today

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Tell me About Your bae

Every day is Valentine's Day when you're in looooove like these babes. Our instructors found love in a hopeless place...and they're keeping the romance alive.

Hear from your favorite instructors on how they met their #1 baes. 


I met Ryan outside the club! He said he watched me dance and didn't know if I was with someone so he never came up to me.  It is a good thing he waited because I was slaying and had no time for boys (that night anyway lol)...we chatted for a bit while I waited for my sis to finish chatting with some hotty. I remember thinking, "this one's different, I hope he calls me"...he did #smartman ;)

Jess Edwards, Boston Instructor

Tyler and I met in June of 2009. It was three weeks after I graduated college and we were both starving artists (an actor and a dancer) waiting tables in NYC. After a few months of flirting he asked me if I wanted to come over and watch the Oscars with him that evening (typical actor date), and we've been together ever since. He followed me as I danced all around the world, and I traveled with him on acting gigs. We've now been together 7 years, married for 4 years, and are expecting our first baby girl in July— I wouldn't trade it for anything...not even a tour with Britney! 

Jess Evans, NYC Instructor

My boyfriend Hunter and I were set up by my best friend, and ((305)) junkie, Brittany. Hunter and Brittany shared a mutual friend so she arranged for me and him to meet at a pregame. We both thought we would hate the other and before I arrived, Hunter sat in the corner of the room to try to avoid the set up. Luckily we eventually warmed up to each other and the night ended with a super classy dance floor makeout. We have been together ever since! I am a very lucky 4'9" girl to have this 6'5" guy, I'm totally head over heels for him. 

Danielle Carlacci, Instructor, NYC

 

Leonard and I met Summer 2014 through mutual friends and were surprised that we had a lot of friends in common, but had never actually bumped into one another. Or so we thought. One drunk, crazy NYE party brought us under the same roof. Once the party was over and I was leaving, he "couldn't let me leave without asking me for my number." It didn't click that night (and I'm a total idiot because he's a TOTAL catch), but God inevitably had his way and brought us together again. We managed to recall that we had already met and maybe in our hearts knew we didn't want to let it go this time around.

Fast forward 3 years later, and I'm still obsessed and can't wait to get old and stinky with this guy!

Quiana Atherly, DC Instructor

HOLD FOR BEX  

I met Julien's family through an ex (lol) and we were friendly acquaintances for a few years. After my ex and I broke up, Julien's family offered support and inspired me to be strong in myself and do what is important to me. Julien and I started collaborating on improv sessions, with my dancing and his violin music. After some sessions we would drink tea and hang out... We quickly realized that we are important to each other, and the rest is history :)  


Wisty Andres, Boston Instructor

 

Adam & I met in the pre-Tinder Era, through Jdate. The actual .com, in the years before swiping left and right!! He hit me up through instant message while he was apparently at work (working super hard finding dates). I knew right away I was really into him, and was giddy when meeting on our first date. Weird story there, we wanted to get a lil' snack with our drinks, and although I tend to eat pretty healthy and he's a Type 1 diabetic, neither of us wanted to be difficult or fussy and we somehow decided to go with mozzarella sticks. That was the last time we had those together, now we are not shy to awkwardly ordered sautéed broccoli as a snack."

Bex Miller, NYC Instructor

How we met: Last summer at a mutual friend's house party (Jack Solomon!). Things developed really slowly between us. It took him about 20 minutes after leaving the party to text me, 25 minutes to ask me out. 3 weeks and some 30 dates later, we became official. 

Natalia Roberts, NYC Instructor

THE GOSS

Breaking Up Is (Not That) Hard to Do

Looks like Sears and Kmart are going the way of Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. No, we're not talking about high-end fashion or high-end markups. Jezebel reported that the retail mega-giants kicked Ivanka's products to the curb, citing irreconcilable differences (like being fundamentally against the concept of religious discrimination, and stuff). 

Source: AP

Source: AP

Another one bites the retail dust. 

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BEHIND THE BIZ: OUR FOUNDER SPILLS ON HER LOVE LIFE

With Valentine's Day coming up and whether you're single, boo-ed up, or being a THOT, we've got MAD LOVE for y'all ((305)) junkies and newbies! Y'all are the heart of our community and keep us beating and pumping (and sweating, duh!)

Speaking of lurv, we know y'all are wondering all about our HBIC Sadie's dating and love life. You may think you know what it's like to be a entrepreneur and business owner and wonder if there's actually time for love, sex, relationships, etc. (Hint: There is... sorta.)

Sadie spills the T on her love life, what she looks for in a partner, and how to balance career aspirations, personal relationships, and life!


Pick one - Vday or Singles Awareness Day?

Valentine’s Day. I mean, cmon!

 

So on the real, does it suck to be single on Valentine’s Day?

What? No. Some of my favorite Valentine’s Days have been when I was single. One of my favorite memories is living in France. I was 21 and studying abroad. Life was a party: My French was perfect, I had so much sex, ate Nutella non-stop, etc. It was all good food, good sex, good conversation.

I lived in an apartment with 3 French dudes who were all around my age. We were all single and clueless but I learned how much men too are yearning for love; they just tend to convey that desperation differently when they confide with male friends. I was for sure single on that Valentine’s Day as I made us all chocolate ganache, though it turned out the cream I used had spoiled so we all got massive diarrhea that day. Now, that’s a great memory. 💩

 

But like, not all couples have great Valentine’s Days, right?

Hell no! Some, of my Valentine’s Days with partners have been total misery!

People forget that there are very few things worse than feeling trapped in a relationship that doesn’t serve you. There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. When you are alone, you don’t have other people. When you are lonely, you don’t have yourself. So who the heck cares if you are with or without a date on Valentine’s Day?

The real question isn’t “does it suck to be single on Valentine’s?” The real question is: “does it suck to be you? Or do you like being you?” That’s a much deeper question we need to ask ourselves honestly every day.

 

What sacrifices have you had to make in your personal life to build ((305))?

Well, I’m an old hag who’s gone so long without sex that I’m practically a virgin again.

JK JK, nothing can salvage my virginity at this point.

In all seriousness, yes, building a business is tough as hell. I’ve had to make a lot of choices that required more maturity than I wanted to possess at times. For one, I work at times when people go out. Scheduling a dinner date with me can be nearly impossible because I’m usually teaching at 7:30PM on a weekday. Dating can be tough. Mostly it’s a time thing as it’s hard to find time for a date and it’s even harder to find time to emotionally make room for someone I’m not crazy about. It’s also tough to make time for friends. There are so many people I’d love to see more often -- some of my very best friends live in New York and we can go months without seeing each other -- but my schedule doesn’t allow for it.


What’s a turn-on and turn-off when you meet others when dating?

My favorite qualities in a partner (in order): these are my very top ones! a goofy sense of humor, a feminist, honesty, great storyteller, borderline neuroses, affectionate, supportive of my career (and then of course, lots of others to add).

My major turn-offs: inability to communicate, flakiness, disrespect for my time, self-consciousness, just your everyday interesting white privileged man who thinks he’s hot (they just make me so mad).

What are some things you recently discovered you needed in a partner?

Two things:

From my last relationship, I learned I prefer to be with someone adventurous. Someone who understands life is all a mystery, we can have everything and lose it all in a day, and we have to be comfortable starting and restarting. Stability is nice but I don’t want to be with someone and say to myself: “I know exactly what this looks like in 5 years from now, in 20 years from now.”

And from the election, he can’t just think what I’m doing is cool. He has to understand that what I’m doing is fundamentally important. He has to prioritize my career as much as his own. He has to be respectful of my time, because that is the ultimate sign of respecting my work. He has to understand how to treat a woman. It’s not my job to teach him to see women as equals. He has to show up like that.

 

Did the election shape your dating life in other ways?

You know, after the election, a lot of women (including me) were really upset. We felt this election disempowered and shamed us in a new way. I broke bonds with a lot of men in my life at the time, because I realized their reaction and misunderstanding spoke volumes about how they didn’t see the oppression we face as women. It was painful to let go of some friends and some so-called progressive guys I was dating at the time.

But here’s the silver lining: the election gave me a more acute bullshit radar. I developed higher standards overnight. I moved “supportive of my career” as a “nice” quality to an “absolute non-negotiable” quality. After the election, I stepped into a deeper consciousness about what it means to be a woman. I did some reflection on what I want out of life, how I wanted to be treated as a woman, and how I want to set an example for my future daughters. Our personal decisions make a difference in larger human history. Our expectations of men, of life, of how others see us, these ideas shape our lives and the future. I want to be remembered as a woman who respected herself, and part of that is finding a partner who fundamentally sees me as an equal in every way.

Whether we’re single or dating, how can we treat and love ourselves better?

If you’re single or if you’re in a relationship, you want to learn how to treat and love yourself. Single people don’t need “extra” love and care. We all need to turn inwards and rely on ourselves for support. This is true love. The love we have for ourselves.

What does “self-love” mean to you?

Self-love is about this: seeing the goodness in yourself. Different religions teach us this: God or Jesus or Mohammed is in us. Or some call it Buddha nature. Some call is universal energy. I’m just calling it goodness. Fundamental goodness that exists in the beautiful things you see around you, that fundamental goodness is present is in you, too. Make life about that. Focusing on your strengths and learning to love the goodness in yourself, rather than focusing on the “flaws.” (By the way, the “flaws” are the beauty of your goodness, too). This means that when you encounter a bump in the road, you start from a place of certainty that you are good. Then you tackle the problem. But only first from this place of knowing and seeing yourself, really seeing yourself.

Another thing you can do is to feel your emotions that are uncomfortable. You get lonely, so you reach for your phone. You scroll through your newsfeed, your email, your next Spotify track. Or you can just feel what it’s like to feel lonely. Okay, so what’s that like? Interesting. When you come from a place of loving yourself -- as if you were your own best friend -- then loneliness or other feelings don’t feel as scary to feel. So you say: “oh, hey loneliness, what’s up?” and then you invite loneliness to sit on your lap. “There, there loneliness. I know you, I know you well. So what’s up? What do you want to talk about today?” And you just go about it like that. Nice and simple. Accepting all the parts of yourself -- however uncomfortable they are to look at -- as part of you. And since you are fundamentally good, it’s okay to invite those things in. It starts with a certainty and trust in yourself and in life. Then you dive deeper into yourself. You begin to see challenges and emotions not as obstacles, but as something expanding your experience of self.


For those of us dating, how can we keep up the fire?

Here’s a practical tip:

  1. Go to babeland (in SoHo); or any sex-postive shop near you!
  2. Shop around.
  3. Talk to a sales associate. Ask them what a couple like you can do to spice up your sex life. Most likely you’ll go home with some high-quality lube (best sex toy around!), a new vibrator or sex toy, and some kinky fun stuff like card games or dice or handcuffs. It’s really fun to do together and it will FOR SURE light a new fire to things.

 

For those of us dating, how can we spend better quality time together?

[Sorry, this applies to heterosexual dating, cuz it’s all I know. And I’m speaking in broad terms (but from experience).]

I find that women like to have intimate time. We like one-on-one dinner. We like staring closely into each other’s eyes. We like to talk for hours and hours. So sometimes, you do this with a partner.

Then I find that men like to be more casual. You watch two dudes on a couch. They’re sitting far apart. They’re not talking. They’re just...spending time together. It’s the opposite of the candle-lit, deep staring, non-stop talking of two women. But sometimes, you gotta do the dude stuff, too. #Balance

One of the ways couples can work together is to understand this give-and-take. Sometimes, we have the intimate dinner. Sometimes we sit quietly on the couch.


Whether you're dating or single this Valentine's Day, we got'chu boo! Sign up for our "F*ck Love" classes in NYC, DC, and Boston studios!

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TAKE THE EDGE OFF V-DAY WITH THESE WEED TRUFFLES

Whether you need a last-minute gift for a chocoholic bae or you're lookin' to mellow out on this hyped-up holiday, these naughty little treats will straight up slay. These easy AF edibles are the overdue update for that basic bitch box of chocolates from the drugstore and a sexy alternative to your post-workout (or post-hookup) smoke sesh.

This makes two dozen *strong* truffles and takes 2.5 hours from start to finish. The full recipe, from The Marijuana Times, here.

Get it, stoner junkies.

Ingredients:

8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup THC-infused coconut oil -- check out these directions for all the deets on THC infused oils
Pinch of sea salt
Either 3 tbsps water and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, or 2 tbsps water and 1 tbsp rum
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate with oil and the water in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract or rum and sea salt.
  3. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish and refrigerate for about two hours. It should be firm, yet still workable.
  4. With a 1-inch ice-cream scoop, melon-baller or a teaspoon, make 24 balls. Transfer each to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Coat hands in cocoa powder and roll balls to make smooth. Refrigerate on sheet at least 10 minutes. Roll truffles in toasted coconut before serving.