Katie Jane Hughes speaks skincare and gives us the honest truth.

Katie Jane Hughes speaks skincare and gives us the honest truth.

For this debut first Pop A La Mode letter, I want to talk about beauty basics, and that to me starts with skin care. I would say it’s the most important part of your beauty routine. Simplicity often works best for me. The less I mess with my skin the better it looks; and the less I do, the less I need. 

I don’t get facials. I don’t have a routine as such. I just go with what works for my skin at the time, and I think that’s what a lot of people find tricky. There is an unimaginable amount of product available to us and believe me, it can be daunting to the pros too.  I believe it all starts with cleansing. If you have found the cleanser that leaves your skin neither tight nor oily within a couple minutes after you use it, you’re good. It’s a great sign if this is happening for you… it means your skin is balanced and then the rest is easy.

For me, my skin feels this way when I cleanse with oils or balms. Oil hydrates and can help balance your skin’s natural oils, so don’t worry if you have an oily skin type — it may surprise you how amazing you feel after using an oil based cleanser. Most oil based cleansers turn into a milk when wet, that’s the kind you want. If it doesn’t turn into a milky consistency, it will still feel like its there after you wash it off. 

I have combination skin (like the majority of us women), so sometimes I feel oily but mainly on the dry side. My two die- hard cleansers are the Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Cleansing Oil and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye makeup 3 in 1 Makeup Melting Balm. I use one or the other at night before I go to bed… They are super easy to use – you simply take a dime sized amount onto a dry palm and massage two palms together, then take your hands to your face and start massaging onto the face paying more attention to areas with makeup or oil build up. I like to use a super warm washcloth on my face to remove the cleanser and finish with a cold washcloth to close the pores once skin is fully clean. 

I then let my skin dry naturally and see what it needs. If it feels neutral (neither tight nor oily), I will just leave it be and maybe spray a hydrating mist like Milky Mist from Pixi by Petra. If it feels dry, however, I will press on an oil like the Phyto Replenish Oil from Dermalogica for a deep overnight hydration. I also love this oil for under makeup, over makeup or to refresh… it’s so light and beautiful; a great multiple use product. 

In the mornings I don’t cleanse, I just hydrate… I want the oils on my skin. I mean, they are there for a reason, because our skin is very intelligent. I love my makeup much more when I just hydrate in the am. Of course this won’t work for everyone and every climate, but if you wake up a sweaty mess, try holding a very cold wet washcloth over your skin to refresh in the AM and see how it feels.

Finally I will say cleansing oils can work for everyone. But if you have tried some and you don’t like it, I love the Fresh Soy Cleansing wash… it’s the only gel cleanser I have tried that doesn’t leave my skin super dry after… So much of this beauty game is trial and error, which kinda sucks, that’s why you should shop at places that sample well and have a very very good return policy. 😉 

Til our next chat. 
KJH xo

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Meet Kristin of Kristin Kontrol & Dum Dum Girls

From Dee Dee To Kristin.
Meet Kristin of Kristin Kontrol & Dum Dum Girls

POP Pop Physique studio gossip tells us that you’re hard at work?  What are you concocting? 
Kristin:   Yes, I’ve been working fanatically on a couple follow-up singles to my recent album X-Communicate. 

POP: Tell us what its like to go solo?      
Kristin: I’ve always been solo on paper, but establishing Kristin Kontrol made it much more obvious. The new stuff builds off of X-Communicate but isn’t concerned with bridging any kind of gap between now and the past as Dum Dum Girls. I think that was a subconscious concern when I first stepped out solo.

POP: We love the new synth-y sound and want to know when you’ll be debuting all this? 
Kristin: I just made my LA debut week before last and will be playing my last show of the year in NYC December 13th. (Show is at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC)

Pop:  How did you discover Pop Physique? What’s the hardest / best / weirdest thing we do at POP?  
Kristin: I was in LA rehearsing with my last band, staying in the Silverlake area, just walking around a lot and trying to find a good yoga or dance studio. Anytime I’m in another city for a week or more, I have to figure out my routine quickly cuz my body and brain just need it to stay even-keeled. My bandmate Katie Serbian recommended it I think (she recently credited Pop Physique for getting her post-baby bod back in record time). The tuck under while doing leg lifts/extensions at the barre is always awkward and challenging for me.

Pop: What do you crave out of a Barre class? 
Kristin: I want to leave feeling taller with burnt-out arms.   

POP:  I hear you, girl! Did you aspire to be a ballet dancer or gymnast you know like Misty or Gabby as a kid?  

Not a ballet dancer until I was a teenager, but I did jazz and tumbling from a very young age. I wanted to be the dance-driven pop star à la Madonna or Janet Jackson. Later it was Kate Bush that got me.

POP:  How did you make the leap from that to where you are now? 
A lot of classes and a lot of solitary hours working on music. I’ve recently tried to ease back into dance and incorporate it more into KK with the help of my friend and choreographer Juri Onuki.


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Pop in the six

Pop Physique arrives in midtown Toronto this January with an amazingly beautiful new location located on the world famous Yonge Street. This is hella meta. For those of you not in Toronto wondering why Toronto is known as the six, here is an article that goes into the history of Drake’s metaphorical iconic play on Toronto.

Drake on why Toronto is the Six

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Gratitude is an everyday occurrence. Really.


Meet Brooklyn based artist, Tara Dixon, whose work centers around the
power of love and gratitude.

POP: The impetus behind your belief in gratitude as a theme and philosophy is:
TARA: Gratitude is the magical elixir of life. It literally flows down life because in order to be grateful, one has to be present and notice.

POP: Thank you. Can you tell us what gratitude means to you?
TARA: It’s hard to wrap words around it. But let me say this, gratitude means being humble and aware … because there is an infinite amount of possibility and gifts available to every person, each and every day.

POP: How would you suggest people bring gratitude into their day-to-day lives:
TARA: One idea is to create a Gratitude Journal. Keep a journal by your bedside, and each night, write about 3 good moments that occurred that day. After some months, take a look back and see how rich, beautiful and full your life actually is. If you are perhaps already keeping a journal, here’s a bonus challenge to go for. Find ways to be grateful during a stressful situation. For example, if you’re in a massive traffic jam, be grateful that you’re in a car, that there’s gas in your tank and that there’s a good road you’re on. When you can find gratitude in stressful situations, you’re a gratitude jedi.

POP: How can POP Physique barre artists bring gratitude into class?
TARA: Here’s how I do it…
I think about my anatomy and how good it is to me …
I am grateful for two pink lungs.
I am grateful to be able to inhale and exhale.
I am grateful for my ass. For my abs. For my sternum. And for how every piece is connecting.
I feel grateful for my heart and that it is pumping.

If you would like to meet Tara, have a chat and see her gratitude-centered art, she will be ‘live’ at West Elm Dumbo’s 12 Days of Giving Event. In the meanwhile, see taradixon.com or IG @tara_k_dixon

December 12th at the old but new DUMBO West Elm, 11am – 7pm.
2 Main Street, Brooklyn in the preserved & renovated 1880s Empire Stores’ building & warehouse.


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Meet Madeline Hemingway of facial hotspot, Heyday.

mhpfheyday-0121(Yes, she’s related to that Hemingway!)

Plus, Meet Heyday at Pop Physique Nomad on December 11th 1:30pm to learn about post-workout skincare.

By Celeste Lee, Editor du Pop Á La Mode:

Celeste: At Pop, we are so inspired by Heyday and its mission to making faces look better. Tell us about Heyday’s secret business formula please.

Madeline: Our mission is to make facials more accessible. So we combine a good price with convenience, cool ingredients and an amazing team. When you come to Heyday, every Skin Therapist is excellent. Treatments are consistent, customized and you’ll leave feeling really good. Plus, we’re open from 8 in the morning til 10 at night.

Celeste: Wow, those are really good hours…

Madeline: Exactly. We like to say that we fit into anyone’s wallet and anyone’s schedule.

Celeste: What do you love about your company?

Madeline: I joined Heyday 6 months ago and it has made me more aware of how everything impacts the skin. I truly believe in promoting better self care and helping people set good patterns in their lives. It’s all too easy in places like NYC or LA to let life snowball around you.   

Celeste: That is so true. So, what does a Project Director actually do?

Madeline: (With a laugh…) It means I do a little bit of everything for the company … corporate, social media, interior design, management. I am always working to make sure each Heyday member is accounted for and taken care of. We like to give members little surprises and delights every month.

Celeste: What do you recommend for those who don’t know about Heyday?

Madeline: Right now, we have a seasonal 75-minute facial using a spa-grade Naturopathica pumpkin enzyme peel and blue light therapy. The spa-grade peel is a higher level of peel than what you can take home and really purifies your skin, gets rid of acne and is anti-wrinkle too. Our most popular service is our 50 minute customized facial, which members enjoy every month.

Celeste: Am a long-time fan of Naturopathica. They’re based in Easthampton right?

Madeline: Yes, everything they make is eco-certified. But all of our lines are carefully selected and vetted. We help our clients get into really good regimens and have hard-to-find, limited production products from small companies like Herbivore Botanicals and One Love Organics.

CL: So tell me, what do you think of barre? Were you a ballet dancer in your youthful glory?

Madeline: Actually, I was a cheerleader in high school! And I got into barre because girlfriends who were going were all saying that barre was very transformational for the body. In that it tightens you up and creates muscle definition. And that intrigued me and got me going. But I’ll admit the work sneaks up on you …the ‘morning after’ can be pretty hard.

CL: So true. Any advice to POP girls for getting the day started off right?

Madeline: A morning workout!

CL: And of course, since you ARE related (distantly but definitely) to THE Ernest Hemingway, I have to know what book has been your greatest influence…

Madeline: The most influential book for me is Catcher in the Rye. But if you’re asking about Hemingway, I would say my favorite is The Sun Also Rises. Right now, though, I’m reading Sweet Bitter, it’s written by a former waitress at Union Square Café, which is a very known Danny Meyer restaurant – it’s fiction but based on real life and is great.

Celeste: Madeline, thank you so much. Am totally inspired to work on my facial regimen and to get this foodie Devil Wears Prada read into my life.

Heyday (Sorry California POP girls, this one is NYC based only):
1130 Broadway (around the corner from Pop Physique NOMAD) and
92 Reade Street in Tribeca. Telephone: 646 869 3601 or www.thinkheyday.com

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why I’m thankful this small business saturday

I started Pop so that I could have a stylish, fun and effective workout near my home in Silverlake || and I was so happy that so many of you joined me to take class || I also started it to be able to spend more time with my kids || when Pop started I had two kids, and now I have four! || the locations have grown and it became a company as opposed to one small studio || I’m thankful to be able to provide jobs to wonderful people and work beside those people daily || I’m thankful that Pop is a place that our clients can enjoy making their bodies stronger, calm their minds, and make friends! || I love you all || xx Jen (Founder @pixiesf) photo: last holiday season with my baby boy working at the front desk in our first NY location img_9568

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Nutritionist Maria Marlowe talks 70/30 live this Saturday in NY

Integrative Nutritionist Maria Marlowe at POP Physique NoMad, New York City.
Saturday, November 19th, 1:30pm. (FREE Event)


This Saturday afternoon, Maria breaks down the 70/30 rule and lets you in some major must-know nutrition secrets. Like what to eat and drink pre and post workout. And what drink, you should absolutely avoid and why.
Show up for a listen. You’ll be grateful. Really.

POP: Tell us what your upcoming talk is about.
Maria: When it comes to your health and weight loss – you have to work out too. It’s 70% food and 30% working out. So even if you’re working out like a maniac, if you’re not eating right, you’re not going to get the results you want.

POP: How did you figure this proportion out?
Maria: It’s not my ‘personal’ rule. In fact, most trainers will tell clients this rule or something similar. Some will even say 80/20 and 90/10. But I do see that 70/30 works with myself and my clients.

POP: What is your personal “30”?
Maria: I love high intensity interval training. I like running. I go through spurts with classes and right now, I like the burn at POP. I know Pop targets the whole body but i especially like the way my legs feel the next day. When you work your leg muscles, you burn more calories than other muscles.

POP: For someone who hasn’t been working out for a while, what do you tell them?
Maria: Do Pop Physique, aerial yoga or something unusual. There’s even a class out there where you shout positive mantras. Make a date with a friend to do a class together, so you will definitely go. And also, if you book a class and it’s 30 bucks… well, you’ve made a commitment financially.

POP: In your Sayonara Sugar talk, we loved your recommendation to work nature’s sweets (fresh fruit & sweet vegetables) into the diet and are wondering what your Top 5 sweet veggies are?
Maria: 1) Sweet potatoes (check out Maria’s super delish Avocado Sweet Potato Toast recipe, link below).
2) Parsnips, especially roasted parsnips which are totally under-rated.
3) Beets are amazing.
4) Roasted or steamed carrots, especially farmer’s market carrots, so easy to make
5) Onions, which can be sweet, especially if you caramelize them.

POP: Are there limits?
Maria: I wouldn’t want to suggest eating only them. You still have to have greens. But I hate to put limits out there, so think about a cup or two of sweet vegetables a day. The rest of your vegetables should be greens and others, like cruciferous vegetables.

POP: Looking forward to 70/30 this weekend, Maria. Thank you.


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Art Smarts cherry-picked for you. 70s Counterculture at San Fran, Provocative Photography in Chelsea and Iconic Film Noir in Downtown LA…

LA: Retro cool film noir movie at, of all places, Union Station. TOO LATE FOR TEARS was a lost movie from 1949, recently restored to full glory by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Here’s the plot setup: A husband and wife are driving to a party in Hollywood Hills, when suddenly a suitcase is thrown into their car. (Don’t you wish that would happen to you today?) Inside the luggage, they find packets of cash. She wants to keep the money and he wants to give it up to the police. In the meanwhile, they store the cash in a locker in Union Station! I assure you, you cannot guess the rest! Because a heck of a lot ensues.
(December 2nd at 8pm, in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall, 800 N. Alameda Street.
Free admission but seating is first come, first served. BYOP – as in Bring your own POPcorn).

too-late-for-tears-lobby-card-1-1By Celeste Lee, Editor du Pop Á La Mode:

SF: Let your mind expand in this retrospective of 60s/70s hippie, punk, surrealist counterculture SF artist, widely described as the most influential, least-known artist post-war American artist. Connor hung out with the likes of Robert Rauschenburg and Jasper Johns and then deliberately left them and moved onwards. A true artistic shapeshifter, and deliberately anti commercial – his intention was always about culture and his resistance to it . The show is called IT’S ALL TRUE- and absolutely make sure to see his exquisite, hauntingly timeless Angels Photograms, 70s Bay Area Punk Scene photographs and Magic Marker (aka felt-tip) drawings.
Then go home and make your very own Magic Marker drawing.
(On view until January 22 at SF MOMA)

NYC: Carrie Mae Weems is an artist you need to know about. Really. Coming off of a retrospective at the Guggenheim, her just-opened solo show at Jack Shainman in Chelsea (very very close to Pop Physique, my friends) shows her on set, literally. In the guise of a mysterious robed figure, she inserts herself into real life sets of Scandal, Empire and How to Get Away With Murder in a stunning oversized photographic series called SCENES & TAKE. Does this mean she is anti or pro Kerry,Taraji or Viola? The answer is most likely neither, but we leave it up to you to decide.
(On view until December 10th at Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 west 20th Street)


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From Lips to Hips. Ugh.

Did you miss Integrative Nutritionist Maria Marlowe’s Sayonara Sugar live talk? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

Key learning 1: Food changes everything.
Key learning 2: Sugar causes weight gain.
Key learning 3: Sugary drinks turn into fat even faster than sugary food.
Key learning 3: Sugar drastically affects skin – causes chronic inflammation and acne, but worse, ages skin prematurely.

Integrative nutritionist Maria Marlowe gave a fantastic, well-received talk at our POP PHYSIQUE NOMAD (NYC) location a few weeks ago. She began by giving context about how our food supply is designed to make people ‘addicted’ or overly attached to refined sugar. Then she provided reasons to consider changing your mindset about sugar:

Excerpted from Maria’s Talk:
If you feel like your life is going to be boring or terrible if you give up refined sugar, here are some things to consider. Sugar can contribute to heart disease and diabetes but we’re young and not thinking about that right now. But right now, sugar makes you fat. It gets stored as fat…and in all the wrong places. Many of us are eating sugar as if we’re going to do a marathon, but most of us are not running a marathon. A big misconception is that fat causes fat. Consuming healthy fats are actually good for you. Another outdated misconception is the idea of calories in and calories out – what’s more important is the quality of your food and how it affects your body.

Another problem is that sugar causes you to overeat. Meaning, the more sugar you have, the more you want to consume. There are a number of animal studies that show that when animals are given sugary diets and then the sugar is taken it away, the animals experience withdrawal symptoms. One study showed that the sugar desire was similar to cocaine addiction.

Maria followed with the 4 key ways you can successfully change your relationship with sugar:
1. Increase your consumption of fruit and sweet vegetables (meaning carrots, parsnips…) Add 2 to 4 fruit & sweet vegetables servings per day to your diet. Give your body that sweet taste without the negative effects of refined sugar.
2. Swap out white table sugar with fruit (specifically dates, bananas) or other natural sweeteners. You can cook without refined sugars by using coconut sugar, stevia, maple syrup or raw honey.
3. Eat well-balanced meals. A powerful way to get sugar cravings in check is by managing your “plate” and creating real satisfaction — 50% vegetables, 25% protein (animal or plant), 25% whole grain or more protein/veggies + healthy fat.
4. Exercise regularly because it helps to balance your blood sugar. (Yes, get to POP!)

See the entire Talk here to get a really deep understanding on how the tips work and why. Also, check out Maria’s website here for recipes and ways to follow her tips.

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