YogaWorks Expands to Baltimore Studio


YogaWorks, the rapidly growing leader in yoga practice and fitness, today announced its fourth acquisition of 2015 with the purchase of seven Charm City Yoga studios in Baltimore, Maryland.  This deal comes on the heels of YogaWorks’ acquisition of two studios in Boston last month, and seven studios in Northern California earlier this summer.  The renowned yoga company’s accelerated growth is due partly to the rapid adoption of yoga across the country, coupled with the demand for consistently high-quality yoga in growing yoga cities like Baltimore. In fact, Forbes Magazine rated Baltimore as the 6th fastest growing yoga market in the United States.


“The award-winning Charm City Yoga studios are an amazing addition to our family because they, like YogaWorks, feature terrific teachers committed to building a local community where students can experience the physical and mental benefits only yoga can provide,” said Phil Swain, Chief Executive Officer, YogaWorks.  “From teens and young adults enjoying more rigorous classes to the restorative and relaxing pace of a gentle class, these Baltimore studios offer a wide variety of classes to meet the varied needs of the local yoga community.”

Kim Manfredi and Chris Blades opened the first Charm City Yoga Studio in 2000 and have dedicated their lives to growing the yoga practice in Baltimore.  “I am excited to partner with YogaWorks to grow our yoga community and continue the work we have started with our dedicated teachers and team.” said Ms. Manfredi.  “YogaWorks is a well-respected name in the yoga world and we believe that our students, staff and teachers will be able to benefit with additional opportunities and over 25 years of experience that YogaWorks brings.”

To maintain Charm City’s celebrated flow of yoga programming and operations, which has been recognized as “Best of Baltimore” for 15 consecutive years, Manfredi will remain deeply involved as both a teacher and yoga teacher trainer.  And, as with all of its acquisitions, YogaWorks will retain the company’s current teachers and staff in order to continue offering students the same great diverse programming, including Vinyasa , Gentle Yoga, Ashtanga, hot yoga, prenatal classes, and the popular community classes, workshops, and yoga teacher training programs. Names of all studios will eventually transition over to YogaWorks as the brand seeks to broaden its presence in this market. Through the end of the year, Charm City Yoga students will receive complimentary access to over 850 online yoga videos through YogaWorks’ online platform,, an excellent way to practice yoga between classes or further one’s practice while traveling.

Charm City Yoga studios, conveniently located around the Baltimore area, include: Mt Vernon, Fells Point, Federal Hill, Towson, Severna Park, Pikesville and Columbia.  With studios in Boston, New York City and, now, Baltimore, YogaWorks is further expanding on the East Coast with its first Washington D.C. studio set to open in early 2016.  YogaWorks also has several more studios in construction on the West Coast that will open within the next six months.


About YogaWorks

Founded in Santa Monica, California in 1987, YogaWorks has become the nation’s authority in the yoga space offering world-class teachers at yoga studios, a premier yoga teacher training program, workshops, retreats, and best-in-class online yoga at YogaWorks’ trademark approach is a mix of safe, compassionate and skillful teaching featuring a diverse array of yoga styles and teachers for all levels of students. In addition to yoga, YogaWorks also offers a variety of fitness classes, including Pilates, BarWorks®, SculptWorks®, and TRX®.  Moreover, it features specialty programing, including private yoga, restoratives, pre-natal, Urban Zen® and meditation.   It is YogaWorks’ unwavering commitment to excellence – in teaching and practice – that has honed its reputation as the most respected name in yoga. Dedicated to giving back and to inspiring change in others, it is of utmost importance to YogaWorks’ teachers, employees and students to be involved in the local communities where studios operate.

For information about either studio, or to learn more about YogaWorks’ programming, philosophy and locations, go to

Natural Hair Journey: Motions Hair Care Products


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I am super excited to share this photo from my natural hair journey. Last Spring, Motions Hair Care Products shipped a variety of products to my doorstep for a blogger promotion.  During that time, I was suffering from hair breakage and wore several protective styles. In between wearing protective styles, I maintained my tresses with conditioners, trims, and hot steaming.

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Anyone who’s a naturalista will confess that you anticipate your hair growing after the big chop. To others, the big chop can be dramatic but I wanted to start with a fresh mane of hair.

In this photo, I am wearing one of my favorite hairstyles (the twist out) which is a simple style that locks in moisture. I also like to wear a variety of hair accessories and deep conditioning treatments in the winter months.

I’ve always been a fan of natural hair and looking forward to continuing this journey.  Ladies, share with me a few of your tips and favorite products? Email me at or post below.

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The Still Point Wellness Spa – Opening in Downtown Columbia, Maryland

The Integrative Spa Will Arrive in the Heart of Downtown Columbia, Maryland Just in Time for the Holidays

The Still Point’s new location at Haven On the Lake is officially opening this Saturday, December 6, 2014.  The brand-new spa will offer complimentary services, as well as another complimentary wine tasting by Red: Wine, Beer & Spirits. Take a look at the full weekend agenda:


The Still Point's co-owners and TOMA Skin Therapies' founders, Marla Peoples and Tori Paide.
The Still Point’s co-owners and TOMA Skin Therapies’ founders, Marla Peoples and Tori Paide.


Complimentary Spa Services –

Acupuncture: Saturday 10am-6pm
Seated Chair Massage: Saturday 2:30pm-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Mini Hand Treatments: Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Brow Threading: Sunday 10am-4pm
Brow Waxing: Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Eyelash & Eyebrow Tinting: 11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

Complimentary Wine Tasting by RED – Wine, Beer & Spirits

Complimentary Wine Tasting – 1pm-4pm Saturday

Full-service pedicure stations at The Still Point's new location at mind-body retreat, Haven On The Lake.
Full-service pedicure stations at The Still Point’s new location at mind-body retreat, Haven On The Lake.


Washington, D.C. (November 21, 2014) – On Saturday, December 6, ​ the ​visionary healers behind The Still Point wellness spas, Tori Paide and Marla Peoples, will unveil the third location of their growing DC-area presence, with the launch of The Still Point at Haven on the Lake in downtown Columbia, MD. Columbia Association will open the doors to the brand-new, multi-dimensional sanctuary, located in the Whole Foods Market building. The facility will feature lakefront views overlooking scenic Lake Kittamaqundi. Health and beauty savants can get a jump start on relaxation and revitalization by booking appointments online starting today here.

At 4,500 square-feet, The Still Point at Haven on the Lake will offer a variety of services including acupuncture, holistic skincare, naturopathic medicine and massage therapy. Other restorative procedures range from acupuncture facial rejuvenation to essential oil body wraps. The urban oasis will also play home to three full-service manicure/pedicure stations, where guests will be treated to deep nourishing natural nail treatments by Deborah Lippman.

The use of high-quality, customizable and wild-crafted skincare products are just a few of the business characteristics that set Paide and Peoples apart from existing wellness experts. TOMA Skin Therapies – The Still Point’s recently launched organic skincare line – will be available for purchase on-site. Beauty fanatics and the skincare-obsessed can choose from cleansers, moisturizers, anti-aging products and customizable solutions within the line. The holistic collection enlists essential oil tonics to sooth a variety of ailments and cater to every-day skin needs.

The wellness experience at The Still Point at Haven on the Lake will provide guests with a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital and its neighboring cities. A serene and tranquil atmosphere will allow clients to escape the stresses of every day life and enter the Columbia, MD sanctuary. The wellness spa will be nestled​ within the 25.000 square foot Haven on the Lake​ which will feature mind-body​ movement​ classes​ (in three studios and a pool​) such as Pilates, yoga and barre. Guests will have the rare opportunity to experience​ Haven on the Lake’s​ unique healing environments designed to soothe with spaces that include a crystal salt room, tropical rain shower, ​steam​ bath,​ cold plunge,​ sauna and whirlpool.


The Still Point aims to enhance wellness in the DC, Maryland and Virginia community by providing access to the best integrative mind and body services while enabling wellness practitioners to thrive in a healthy and supportive environment. The wellness spa’s highly trained practitioners are amongst the best in the industry and have a genuine passion for the gift of healing. The Still Point continuously offers the latest in holistic skincare, massage and alternative medicine. The destination has locations in Takoma Park and Clarksville, with the third location opening at Haven On The Lake on December 6. Haven on the Lake is located at: 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044.


The Still Point – Girls Spa Night Out Event Photos and Recap

On Friday, November 14, Maryland-based wellness spa The Still Point, welcomed over 50 guests to its location in Clarksville, Maryland. Fashionistas, health enthusiasts and wine lovers alike enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting by Red, a 20% sale off all TOMA Skin Therapies products, a scarf trunk show by 29 Bridges Studio and seated chair and hand massages courtesy of The Still Point’s highly trained practitioners. Guests were also given the exclusive opportunity to book appointments at The Still Point’s brand-new location opening at mind, body wellness retreat Haven On The Lake, in downtown, Columbia, MD.


The Still Point Girls Night Out Event
The Still Point Girls Night Out Event


About The Still Point:
The Still Point aims to enhance wellness in the DC, Maryland and Virginia community by providing access to the best integrative mind and body services while enabling wellness practitioners to thrive in a healthy and supportive environment. The wellness spa’s highly trained practitioners are amongst the best in the industry and have a genuine passion for the gift of healing. The Still Point continuously offers the latest in holistic skincare, massage and alternative medicine. The destination has locations in Takoma Park and Clarksville, with the third location at Haven On The Lake undertow. Haven on the Lake is located at: 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044.


Wine Tasting by Red
Wine Tasting by Red


Hand Massages
Hand Massages


Viewing the Trunk Show and Spa Products
Viewing the Trunk Show and Spa Products

Jay Alexander from Video: Online Holiday Deals and Stocking – Up on Winter Essentials

With the help of live models, Style + Life + Fashion was excited to interview style guru Jay Alexander as he shared his cheat sheet for closet essentials, styling secrets to help you re-imagine your wardrobe, and discussed how to get the most out of your online shopping experience!

Deep discounts, free shipping, easy return policies….there are many late-year shopping benefits.  This is also the perfect time to restock your closet with classic essentials and on-trend items that will make your current wardrobe pop.


Take a look at the video (below) and grab a few ideas to revamp your winter wardrobe!  From coats to accessories, Jay shares all of the best fashion tips.

The Still Point Wellness Spa: Girls Spa Night

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On Friday, November 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., The Still Point’s Clarksville location (12451 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD) will host a Girls Night Out event with Red, Howard County’s first organic, biodynamic and sustainable wine, beer and spirits retailer.

The event will feature a complimentary wine tasting, a 20% sale off all TOMA Skin Therapies products, a scarf trunk show by 29 Bridges Studio and seated chair and hand massages, courtesy of The Still Point’s highly trained practitioners.

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Guests will also have the exclusive opportunity to book discounted appointments (10% off) at The Still Point’s newest location at Haven On The Lake – opening later this year in downtown, Columbia, MD.

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Boulevard of Chic III – Fashion Truck Rally and Shopping Event Recap

Boulevard of Chic is Baltimore’s fashion truck rally and vendor shopping event.  If you have a love for mobile boutiques and unique beauty services this is the event for you!

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On Saturday, November 8th Boulevard of Chic hosted BOC III at Pierce Park located in downtown Baltimore. Vendors that were present included: Side Dish Mobile, Charm City Mobile, Celebrity Mobile Boutique, and The Pink Armoire.  I was excited to see the merchandise and meet the boutique owners because this was my first mobile boutique shopping experience.

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The event also provided refreshments for guest and delicious cupcakes from Just Good Food, LLC.  I enjoyed eating the Banana Split & Snicker Doodle flavor.

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And of course I couldn’t leave without buying a few items from Side Dish Mobile.  Many thanks to Boulevard of Chic for inviting me as one of their VIP Bloggers and see you next time!

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Delaina Dixon of VH1’s The Gossip Table Hosted B. Pretty Lashes Launch

Manhattan, New York got an extra blast of Pretty on November 4th, as the B. Pretty 100% Human Hair Lashes Launch enthralled patrons at the Ball NY Dance Studio. Organizer, Celebrity Designer Bianca Williams of B. Pretty Inc, said the launch, that featured three different versions of her Human Hair Lashes , completely sold out of her Vai Vai Voom and Invisible Eyelashes. The audience, excited to hear that they could throw B. Pretty Lash Parties, quickly signed up to be apart of this great brand, which helped to make the event a big success. We had so much fun!”

The event, which was hosted by Delaina Dixon, On Air Host of VH1’s The Gossip Table, started with a introduction of the liquor sponsor for the evening “Kamoni Ice“. As the event went on, there was a Q&A about the products and then a demonstration of the simple lash application process by Celebrity MUA “Sheri Pierre“. Other noticeable in attendance was The Creator of Full Figured Fashion Week/Style Guru “Gwen DeVoe“, Celebrity Fitness Instructor “Charity Lynette“, Fashion Icon/presenter of Runway The Real Way “Catherine Schuller“, CEO’s of Be-Entwined Natural Hair Care Alice Weise-Goode & Allyson Neal Springett, Actress Shneidine Chery and Plus Model/Humanitarian Vanessa Bracetti. UCB trained comedian Kymmi Tea, was on hand to give the crowd a few laughs and did not disappoint. The established PR firm MNS Media worked the media on hand and facilitated the flow of crowd and interviews throughout the evening.

Bianca Williams spoke to the crowd on hand about beginning her career as a entrepreneur with plus-size ensembles, and the feeling of being featured in the national publication Hip Hop Weekly (3x), Swagher Magazine and Full Blossom Magazine as one to watch. Bianca mentioned, she recently evolved into eyelashes to bring out the natural ocular beauty of the wearer in a product that is comfortable, even with extended wear. “I wanted to preserve that natural look,” says the designer, “while keeping it comfortable all day long.”

Bianca Williams recently released her Curvy Bride Collection, at her own Nuptials on September 27th, 2014. The designer plans to continue to promote the B. Pretty Clothing brand, while also releasing a new line of Siberian Mink Lashes, in the near future. Building her brand and throwing Lash parties all across the East Coast, is the next level for this designer who has been spotted with the likes of comedienne, actress, author and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg, CEO of multi-media entertainment company Monami  Mona Scott Young, Bravo’s Fashion Queens star Derek J, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop star Tahiry Jose, VH1’s Mob Wives Ramona Rizzo, Hip Hop Legend Roxanne Shante and more. With such company and a serious work ethic, the sky’s the limit for this talented young lady.


CEO of B. Pretty Lashes Bianca Williams applies lashes to Delaina Dixon, On Air Host of VH1’s The Gossip Table


CEO of B. Pretty Lashes Bianca Williams and Creator of Full Figured Fashion Week/Style Guru Gwen DeVoe



Far Left: Owner of Nubian Hair Studios/ Co- Owner of Be-Entwined Natural Hair Care Alice Weise-Goode

Far Right: Co- Owner of Be-Entwined Natural Hair Care Allyson Neal Springett



Proud sponsor to ‪#‎bprettylashes‬ ‪#‎KamoniIce‬ was served up and well enjoyed. Kamoni Ice 2 types of Rum and a Blend of Passion Fruit Juices. Special thanks to Frank and Kai for your support.


Delaina Dixon co-host of VH1’s morning show The Gossip Table


Closing out the Q&A and thanking all the guest

Photo Credits: Elvira Anderson








Winter Wardrobe Shopping Tips

It’s time to go shopping for a brand new winter wardrobe. But wait, you shouldn’t just go crazy, scanning your bank card at every given opportunity. If you take that approach, you can bet you’ll end up with a load of items you didn’t really need. Not to mention no money left! Consider these things before you go shopping so you can come home with the best haul:

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Things You Already Own

Do you already have winter items you can wear again this year? You may have a quality pair of boots, some jumpers, jeans, tights, and other items that you’ve had in the past that will still do this year. Obviously you want to change up your look, but it’s easy to make old items look new if you style them properly. Go through and decide which items you’d like to keep and which you’ll give to charity. Try not to be a hoarder. If you haven’t worn something in a while, get rid of it to make room for new stuff.

Transitional Summer Items

You’ve probably got summer items that you can make work for you in winter too. Skirts and shorts can be worn with tights. Vests can be worn under your jumpers or layered with cardigans. Work out what you’ll still wear this season. Get rid of the stuff you won’t wear or put it in storage for next year.

Seasonal Items

Whether you like to make the most of your current wardrobe by reusing things or not, everybody can afford to buy a few new seasonal items when shopping for their new wardrobe. This might be the season’s pair of ‘It’ boots – the thigh high style. Or it may be a cosy cowl neck jumper. Personally, I buy myself a new winter coat and a few jumpers each year. You’d never know I was wearing old jeans, tights, and skirts with them. By doing this, I’ve ended up with quite a collection of coats and jumpers. I made sure that they will last me a good few years too, so I always have a wide range of coats to choose from when I’m going out! A couple of new items will bring your wardrobe up to date. There’s just no need to go mad and buy everything you see! Click here for inspiration. If you make sure the items you buy are versatile, they’ll last a long time and go with a lot of different things.

Your Budget

If you go shopping without a budget you’re doomed from the start. You need to know how much you are able to spend on your new wardrobe so you can think of the garments that are the best value for money and purchase them accordingly. If you can, remember that less is more. Bya few items that are high quality and will last you a while, rather than lots of items that are low quality and won’t last you past this year.

Consider these things, and you’ll have a high quality wardrobe that will last you for many winters to come!