What French Girls Will (and Won’t) Wear for the Holidays

As it turns out, celebrating the holidays in France doesn’t sound all that different from celebrating stateside. “Usually it’s a family time, very relaxed, good homemade food, foie gras, champagne, etc.,” says Judith Milgrom, designer of Parisian label Maje. But while there may be similarities (excluding the foie gras), the holiday uniform for French women is distinct. “I think we might opt for a less dressy look than Americans,” Milgrom notes. “Or if we dress up, we’ll go with a faux non-makeup look and leave our hair undone, natural. It’s always a question of balance. We do our best to look cool, but it actually takes time.”

And as for New Year’s, like us, the French also love a little sparkle: “Anything glitter, embroidered, lace, sequins, metallic, gold, rhinestones… but never too much. High heels are an option, but we also like to twist an evening dress with flats. If we wear high heels, we take them off while dancing on the dance floor.” So what are the five holiday staples of French women? We asked Milgrom to fill us in. Her picks are a little black dress, a tuxedo jacket (with matching pants), a mini bag, a statement coat, and simple, easy-to-dance-in heels. Below, we’re shopping out each pick for you. Just remember, in Milgrom’s words, “imperfection is beautiful,” so don’t stress too hard about pulling off an exact ensemble. Wear what you enjoy.

Shop it all below!

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  and 7/8 Length Crepe Trousers ($325). Jacket available in sizes S to L. Pants available in sizes XS to L. Want more? Here’s a French woman’s take on winter dressing.

Meghan Markle, Take Note: Gorgeous Royal Wedding Dresses From Around The World

Naturally, the question on everyone’s (read: our) minds is, what will her dress look like? Will she go for something grand-yet-classic like Kate Middleton, who stunned in a Sarah Burton-designed gown, or will she wear something a little sleeker, like Princess Charlene of Monaco, who opted for a more modern Armani gown? 

In the meantime, we’re taking a look at what a few royal brides from around the world wore on their wedding days. From traditional cultural dress to designer gowns, these brides looked absolutely stunning. 

Meghan Markle Reveals the Workout That Completely Transformed Her Body

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This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

We can sit around and count the ways we’re obsessed with Meghan Markle (her hair, her clothes, her fiancé…..’nuf said) but now she’s also got the world obsessing over her workout. The newly-engaged star has revealed she is a fan of a Pilates-based workout done on the Megaformer machine.

She told Women’s Health UK she’s a fan of her longtime trainer and friend Heather Dorak’s studio, Pilates Platinum, where she takes classes on a machine called the Megaformer. “You keep coming back for several reasons: first off, your body changes immediately…give it two classes and you will see a difference; second, Heather is amazing — as an instructor, as a friend, she is inspiring in every way; lastly, the people in class are cool, unpretentious, and motivating…and that is a testament to Heather’s energy,” she says.

So we went straight to the inventor of the machine and founder of Lagree Fitness Studio, Sebastien Lagree, to learn all about the workout that Markle says “changes your body immediately.”

What is the Megaformer?

First of all, to clear up any confusion between the Lagree Fitness Method and Pilates; you do NOT do any standing exercises on a reformer, ever. The reformer was inspired by a hospital bed when Joseph Pilates was a nurse and rehabbing people in their bed. The reformer is all for laying on the back and rehabilitating and reconditioning your muscles without any pressure on your body. The moment you stand up, you’re no longer doing Pilates.

The Lagree Fitness Method is a patented workout method (as of June 2016 it was officially patented as its own workout method) and innovative full-body High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout performed on the patented Megaformer® or Supra tilting-axes resistance machines, both designed by founder, Sebastien Lagree specifically for the Lagree Fitness Method. The high intensity, low impact workout combines mind and body through a series of very slowly performed multi-targeting exercises like planks, lunges, pushups, abdominal crunches and squats that promote strength, endurance, core, cardio, flexibility, and balance in every move

How often does Meghan practice Lagree?

My guess, with her busy schedule, she might only do it a couple times a week. She did say that after only 2 sessions, you notice a difference in your body composition; which is the inspiration behind why I continually upgrade the Megaformer. After working with celebrities for decades, I know that they have minimal time – sometimes they can only pop in for a 10-20 minute workout. With the Megaformer’s resistance-based platform + moveable carriage, the system of springs and pulleys — and your own body weight – gives you a full-body, cardio, strength-training, flexibility-enhancing workout with quick results.

Which version of the Megaformer does Meghan use?

When Meghan works out in L.A. she’s training on the M1 – that’s the first version of the Megaformer that I ever invented and it was released in 2009; when she’s in London, she works out on a newer, upgraded version of the Megaformer, the M3, which I released in 2014.

The difference between the two is that the M1 has a recommended workout time of 50 minutes – 1 hour; and the M3 is anywhere from 35-45 minutes. Every time I release an upgraded version of the Megaformer I think about ways to make transition time minimal (since the Lagree Fitness Method is all about constant tension on the muscles) and your workout more effective in a shorter amount of time. Each version of the Megaformer that I release are designed with the user in mind – how to lend more exercise options and variations to the user, for example by adding multi-level handlebars, more placements for feet and hands, adding quick-release springs to save on transition times between exercises.

Depending on which studio you go to, will determine the equipment used there, and although the workout is universal in its method, certain studios with older machinery may have longer class times to make up for the transition time lost in between exercises.

How does the Lagree Fitness Method create that long, lean look like Meghan’s?

It’s the only method which effectively combines strength, endurance, core, cardio, flexibility, and balance. It’s a high intensity, but low impact workout that strengthens, tightens, and tones the muscle very quickly by keeping constant tension on the muscles. The base of the Lagree Fitness Method is keeping muscles contracted from anywhere for 60-120 seconds at a time; when you do that – and perform each movement SLOWLY (we’re talking a 4-count in, 4-count out), it forces your slow-twitch muscle fibers to activate, which burn fat and sculpt long, lean muscles. We’re all about AVOIDING fast, explosive movements, as those are the type to bulk up muscles. Also, by keeping muscles contracted for over 60 seconds, you start shaking and sweating and it increases your heart rate, and that’s the magic because now you’re toning, sculpting, burning fat and getting your cardio in.

Last-Minute Gift Ideas Under $50 with Nisolo this Holiday Season!

Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $50 with Nisolo this Holiday Season! – Wit & Delight

December 1st kicked off day one of Nisolo’s Holiday Bundle Up campaign and we are so excited to be a small part of this initiative! I have been a longtime follower and fan of Nisolo; I’ve always admired their well designed and ethically made goods, not to mention I absolutely love my pair of Ecuador sandals. I wear them non-stop during the warm weather months. When I heard about their latest initiative I jumped at the opportunity to help promote their fun holiday campaign which is full of quality brands that give back. Also, have you ever wanted to try out a new brand online but felt like you weren’t quite sure if it was worth taking the plunge? I feel like that all the time, and if you do too, we have the perfect solution for you this holiday season.

This December, Nisolo is offering a his and her gift guide where shoppers only pay $35 for $250 worth of gift cards across five brands. That means you receive five $50 gift cards to each brand, which essentially equates to you purchasing five great gifts for only $35. I think this is a killer deal. These men’s and women’s bundles will only be available December 1st – December 24th, so this could be that unique holiday gift you’ve been looking for or just an inexpensive treat for yourself.

You can feel good about your purchase too because the money that doesn’t go toward commissions will go to the non-profit, Mocha Club which is currently working to build a new high school in Kenya. Did you know that due to poverty 50% of students in Kenya have to end their education after 8th grade? That is heartbreaking news and I’m hoping we can help that cause. And thankfully, with every bundle gift card purchase, $10 goes toward the Mocha Club to help build a new high school which will provide hope for children who can not afford to attend high school.

Here are the curated brands you can expect to experience within each of the Women’s and Men’s Nisolo Gift Card Bundles:

Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $50 with Nisolo this Holiday Season! – Wit & Delight
Nisolo – Offers beautifully designed women’s shoes and accessories that are all ethically made with a focus on sustainability.
Hackwith Design House – A unique clothing and accessory company all made in-house at their Minnesota studio.
Faherty – Creates quality and sustainable clothing, blankets, shoes, and jewelry all made in the U.S.
Alala – A luxury women’s activewear brand that makes comfortable clothing for those on the go.

Jack Mason – Meticulously designed watches and leather goods that hail from Texas, all developed in-house.

Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $50 with Nisolo this Holiday Season! – Wit & Delight

Nisolo – Offers beautifully designed men’s shoes and accessories that are all ethically made with a focus on sustainability.
ONA Bags – Premium bags and accessories made in NY and inspired by creatives.
SENE – A timeless clothing and accessories company based in LA that offers a virtual fitting prior to purchase.
Ledbury – A luxury menswear company that works with artisans from all around the world.

United By Blue – Responsible and sustainable clothing, outerwear and accessories for people that love the outdoors.

Purchase your Nisolo Holiday Gift Card Bundles here! WOMEN’S // MEN’S
Photography by Nisolo.





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